A Burgundy Renaissance and 7 Generations
Before the French revolution wine was sold by official merchants in barrels under difficult conditions until Louis 14ths rein when Kings and nobilities began to take an interest in wines.
It was at this time in 1825 that Pierre Faiveley founded his business and by the 19th century merchants would travel through Europe to trade their goods with other merchants and it was at this time that Joseph Faiveley also began to travel to Europe by means of rivers and canals, introducing the wines and making room for their business to grow.
Unfortunately the root disease Phylloxera caught Europe by storm and destroyed most of the vineyards, Domain Faiveley was one of these and although Francois Faiveley was not interested in becoming a wine maker as he studied to be a doctor, he tried with utmost energy to save the vineyards and could not see the domain going to ruins.
Devoting all his time and energy into saving the family domain, which in the end caused his death as he spent his entire life trying to save the vineyards.
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History of Domain Faiveley continued
George Faiveley a captain in the Great War took over the family business and he was the marketing guru for their Burgundy wines and a true artisan for the vineyards. In 1929 the Great Depression crossed over to the Atlantic, leaving the entire Burgundy in despair and although the cellars were full, the wine had no buyers and the oak barrels cost more than the wines inside them.
This led George to think outside the box and he founded “Confrerie de Chevaliers du Tastevin” a renaissance brotherhood from the middle ages that involved drinking the wine and having a good time with friends and people close to them which created a new Burgundy renaissance and giving them success that was unexpected.
Guy Faiveley took on the vineyards after his fathers’ successful term and he was an intellectual with a collection of diplomas but in his time the vineyards doubled in size.
Francois took over at the age of 25 giving the domain a boost with sorting tables and new methods of fermentation and his son Erwan the seventh generation of the family took over in 2007 reinvesting, reinforcing and renewing the teams of the winery and the vineyards, bringing new dynamics to the business whilst remaining faithful to their traditions and values.
The family extended their vineyards throughout the years and today they have vineyards in some of the most favourable climates; Gevrey – Chambertine, Pommard, Volnay, Puligny Montrachet, Mercurey and many more with a total of 123 hectares of vineyards among which 12 hectares are grand crus and 27 premier crus.
The cellars have been renovated with barrel presses, custom designed wooden vats and air cured oak casks.
Their soils are important and this is why they have vineyards in different areas but they do keep them managed well so that they have complete control of what is coming from the vine to the bottle.
Fermentation in the winery is a long process and after the grapes are hand- picked they are transported in small boxes to a conveyor belt where only the best fruits are selected.
Fermentation takes place in low temperature wooden or steel cone tanks and a punching of the cap in vats is done to allow for the extraction of colour and tannins.
They use a vertical press to extract the juices and the wine is then matured in oak barrels in their 19th century vault cellars that offer perfect conditions for long ageing.
The wines of Domain Faiveley
Their wines are uniquely different as they are all from various terroirs and this is represented in the bottle.
The Cote de Nuits selection of wines consists of 15 premier crus, 6 grand crus, 12 Villages and 4 Regional wines.
Cote de Beaune has a selection of 4 grand crus, 21 premier crus and 10 villages.
Cote Chalonnaise consists of 3 premier crus and 12 villages.
Chablisien has 3 grand crus, 3 premier crus and 1 village.
Beaune 1ER Cru Clos De L’Ecu 2014 consists of 100% Pinot Noir and is aged in 70% light toasted new oak barrels for 14 to 16 months. The vines for this wine were planted in 1948, 1980, 1989 and 1994 with an annual production of 14000 bottles.
Visit Domain Faiveley
There is nothing better than drinking French wine and enjoying a great meal with friends except for going to the actual winery where you can see the character of the wine from the look of the vineyards.
For some of us this is difficult to take in but for the wine lovers and connoisseurs it is a dream come true as you take in the landscape and enjoy the tours that explain the processes of how the good stuff is made.
To end it all off you can taste your favourites and if you like them, you get to buy it and enjoy it at home where you can close your eyes and remember the tour and the place that made it but you also come to realise how much work goes into making the wine and it requires patience and passion which is what you will find when visiting Domain Faiveley with the generations that have passed down their desire to create something spectacular that can be enjoyed among friends and family.
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