Domaine Faiveley Echezeaux Grand Cru 2012 (Burgundy, France) "...cherry, cinnamon, earth..."
Domaine Faiveley combines the principles of modern winemaking methods with the time honored traditions that have been practiced for centuries within their 19th century cellars. Each terroir and each vintage, benefits from special attention which makes the cuvées unique. Each bottle therefore becomes the faithful reflection of its terroir.
Terroir: The 90+ acres of Grand Cru Echézeaux are located on the upper slope of the hillside above Clos de Vougeot and just south of Le Musigny. Domaine Leflaive owns a total of 2.18 acres spread across multiple plots.
Vinification: Grapes are hand harvested and sorted upon arrival at the domaine. Following a short maceration the must undergoes primary fermentation in a combination of stainless steel and wooden vats. The young wines are aged in 70% lightly toasted new oak barrels for 16 to 18 months.
"So close to the Combe d’Orveaux that it’s almost in Chambolle-Musigny, this is a lighter style of Echézeaux with the charm and sweetness of its neighbouring village. Perfumed, focused and refined, it’s fresh and long with appealing red fruits’ sweetness and bright, sappy acidity. Not profound, but very drinkable." - 96 Points, Tim Atkin MW
"(from a warm southern exposure in the lieu-dit Combe d'Orveaux; aging in two-thirds new oak): Medium red. Aromas of red cherry, cinnamon and earth. Silky, suave and sweet, with a slightly candied quality to the cherry, spice and mint flavors. Savory, stylish Echezeaux with a long, saline, soil-driven finish. This very ripe wine will nonetheless require four or five years of cellaring to absorb some of its tannins." - 94 Points, Vinous
"This is also exuberantly fresh if quite restrained with a lovely spice character to the primarily red currant suffused nose. I very much like the complexity of the seductively textured medium weight flavors that brim with dry extract on the racy, intense and balanced finish. This refined effort will also need at least a decade before it will be able to realize its considerable potential " - 93 Points, Burghound