2014 Domaine Faiveley Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru

Year: 2014
Appellation: Cote de Beaune
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 96
Vinous Media: 94+
Wine Enthusiast: 95--Burghound: 92-94
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"A fresh white, exuding lemon tart, apple, peach and toasted spice flavors. Elegant and racy, firming up on the stony finish and echoing notes of citrus and spice. Shows terrific focus and precision on the long aftertaste. Best from 2019 through 2032." (WS)

"Pale, bright yellow. Reticent nose hints at crushed stone, lemon and nutmeg. Piquant flavors of lemon zest and crushed stone convey an impression of electric energy. Dense and fine-grained but with a weightless quality owing to its powerful stony minerality. The wonderfully tactile, slowly mounting finish displays strong salty extract. Still a baby and almost painfully taut today, but its pungency and echoing length suggest that it will be long-lived." (VM)

"Powerful and rich, this has a great spice component that shoots through the pure fruit flavors. It is already a delicious wine with its juicy acidity and fresh, zesty, mineral character. But at the same time, it has a great structure, beautifully ripe fruitiness and excellent potential. It will drink at its best from 2022." (WE)

"A gentle application of wood frames a cool and airy mix of white orchard fruit, and in particularly green apple, along with the classic white flower, spice and wet stone notes. There is excellent concentration to the overtly powerful medium-bodied plus flavors that possess a suave mouth feel, all wrapped in a precise, energetic and lingering if mildly austere finish. As is usually the case at this early stage, this beauty is a very serious and brooding wine that makes clear that it will not play nice early on so patience required." (BH)

Winery Notes:
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.

The hillside Grand Cru Corton Charlemagne is the largest of the white Grand Crus and the only one north of the city of Beaune. This large 175 acre vineyard occupies the top portion of the hillside above the red Grand Cru of Corton and spans between the villages of Pernand-Vergelesses in the south(west) to Aloxe-Corton directly below in the north. Terroirs vary significantly between the due south facing parcels of Pernand-Vergellesses and eastern exposures of Aloxe-Corton. Domaine Faiveley owns a single 1.5 acre parcel of vines running west to east down the hillside in the northern portion of the vineyard directly above the village of Aloxe-Corton. Vines sit in soils of grey marl with a due easterly exposure.

Grapes are hand harvested and sorted upon arrival at the domaine. The grapes are cold fermented entirely in oak prior to aging in the cellars for 14-16 months in a combination of new and used oak. New barrels represent approximately 70% of the selection.

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