2011 Domaine Faiveley Corton-Clos des Cortons Faiveley Grand Cru Monopole (Previously $130)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
*Don't Miss!* As is usually the case with this wine when it’s young, the nose is restrained to the point of being almost mute though aggressive swirling liberates aromas of earth, spice, red currant and hints of the sauvage. And instead of the robust and well-muscled mid-palate there is an almost caressing mouth feel to the full-bodied yet refined flavors because while the supporting tannins are definitely firm and dense they are also quite finely-grained. There is excellent length to the moderately austere, tight, focused and linear finish that delivers outstanding persistence.
Faiveley’s 2011 Corton Clos des Corton is a fitting conclusion to this great night of wine and food. Intensely saline and pointed, the 2011 impresses for its pure energy and tension. The flavors are vibrant and impeccably delineated in a Burgundy that is all about finesse. This is a great showing from the Clos des Corton. (AG)
*Cellar Selection* Rounded and rich, it is full of dark fruits and red cherries that combine with firm tannins and great acidity. This comes from a parcel of the Corton Rognets Grand Cru that unusually has been given the Faiveley name. Drink from 2020. (RV)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Medium red. Ineffable nose and palate offer red fruits, minerals, spices and flowers, complicated by game, earth and leather. Sweet, concentrated and very intense, boasting outstanding density and a fine-grained texture, with salty minerality giving the wine a weightless impression that's remarkable considering its density. A strong tannic spine and brisk acidity energize and draw out the finish of this sharply delineated, pristine grand cru. (ST)
Lean, yet succulent and defined, sporting aromatic floral, cherry, strawberry and spice notes, accented by a touch of briar. The structure is firm and linear, with a tightly wound finish for now. Very elegant, this should come into its own in the next several years. Best from 2017 through 2028. (BS)
Very dark crimson. Very rich and flattering but with some energy too. Dry slightly oaky finish. Ambitious certainly!
Very rich at entry and on the palate, with very long finish. Surprisingly open and relatively approachable for a young Corton. Terrific purity of fruit and focus. Fine tannin structure. Lovely. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 02/2013)