2016 Domaine Faiveley Corton Clos des Cortons Grand Cru Monopole

Year: 2016
Appellation: Cote de Beaune
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 96
Wine Advocate: 95
Vinous Media: 91
Burghound: 92-95
Wine Enthusiast: 95
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
Price :
$199.95
Sorry, this product is not currently for sale.

THEIR FLAGSHIP WINE!

"The serious depth is held in reserve for now, offering black cherry, black currant, incense, earth and mineral flavors. This supple red is balanced by fleshy fruit up front, with the buried structure emerging on the finish. Reveals a terrific aftertaste of graphite, licorice and mineral. Best from 2023 through 2042. 1,500 cases made, 160 cases imported. -BS" (WS)

"The 2016 Corton Grand Cru Clos des Cortons Faiveley is another cuvée that is showing superbly from bottle, revealing an attractive bouquet of ripe red berry fruit, orange rind, wood smoke, espresso roast and dark chocolate that's framed by a deft touch of classy new oak. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, satiny and lavish, with a deep and layered core, excellent concentration, vibrant acids and a long, beautifully defined finish. This is one of the finest rendition of the Clos des Cortons Faiveley produced under the new regime.

This was an impressive tasting with Eve and Erwan Faiveley and able winemaker Jérôme Flous. Likening the vintage to "a broader-shouldered 2007," a judgment with which I wholeheartedly concur, Flous presented a selection of some of the 2017 portfolio's high points. Supple, expressive and nicely integrated, the reds showed very well; and the two whites were simply superb. I also revisited a selection of 2016s at my office in the United States, wines that are more classically balanced and seemingly more consistent than Faiveley's 2015s. I'll be reporting more on the winemaking and vineyard changes that have ushered in a new era at this address—as well as publishing the results of a vertical of the emblematic Clos des Corton Faiveley—in the near future. In the meantime, all these offerings come warmly recommended." (WA)

"The 2016 Corton Clos des Corton-Faiveley Grand Cru offers smudged red cherry and wild strawberry fruit on the nose, hints of vanilla pod and chalk emerging with time, attractive even if it requires more delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins and fine acidity, although it feels just a little over-extracted compared to Taupenot-Merme’s Corton-Regnier, especially on the finish. Not bad overall, but it might have been better. Tasted blind at the 2016 Burgfest tasting." (VM)

"Touches of wood and menthol can be found on the brooding and inexpressive nose of plum, dark cherry liqueur, freshly turned earth and a gamy note. There is an appealing sense of underlying tension to the concentrated big-bodied flavors that also coat the palate with dry extract while exhibiting excellent length on the balanced and very firmly structured finale. Patience strongly advised." (BH)

"From one of the many divisions of the Corton Grand Crus, this wine is richly endowed with tannins and densely textured fruit. Packed with ripeness and with a sophisticated structure and texture, this is a wine for aging. Don't even think about drinking it before 2024. -Roger Voss" (WE)

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.

Terroir:
Corton Clos de Cortons Faiveley is the only Grand Cru vineyard to bear the name of it's owner. The name was confirmed in court in 1937. This unique 7 acres parcel sits on the northern extremity of the hill of Corton fairly high up the slope surrounded by the famous "Le Corton" parcel. Soils are poor and well drained made up primarily of Ferruginous Oolites (read: iron based stones) and Marl (clay). The majority of the vineyard was planted between 1936 and 1967 with younger plantings up to 2002.

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.