2016 Domaine Faiveley Nuits-St-Georges

SKU #1396479 94 points Wine Spectator

 A touch of gaminess in the aroma gives way to blackberry, black cherry, earth and iron flavors in this rich, solidly structured red. Vibrant and balanced, though this needs a little time to integrate. Terrific length. Best from 2023 through 2042. (BS)  (1/2019)

90 points James Suckling

 Still a bit closed (slight reduction) on the nose. Generous cherry fruit and moderate tannins that are well-integrated, making this a very attractive wine with a silky finish for Nuits St. Georges (a commune often associated with dry tannins). A step up from this producer's village's wines from more than five years ago. Better from 2019.  (2/2018)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Nuits-Saint-Georges Village is excellent, offering up an attractive bouquet of ripe cherries, blackcurrants and raspberries that mingle with nuances of smoked meats and candied peel. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, satiny and elegant, with a concentrated core of fruit, juicy acids and velvety tannins that display an impressive degree of refinement for the appellation. It's a very impressive effort. (WK)  (1/2019)

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By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/1/2019 | Send Email
Faiveley hit it out of the park on this one! Rich, expressive fruit, plush, silky tannins and superb balance are the hallmarks of this delicious red Burgundy. It has ripe strawberry compote, baking spice and herb flavors. The fruit is concentrated and pure on the mid palate and given refreshing lift on the back end by balancing acidity.

By: Chris DePaoli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/29/2019 | Send Email
This is a beautiful Burgundy that is leagues above its price point. Black fruit, uncharacteristic for the vintage, bay leaf and white peppercorn all are in play, building from forest floor notes and staying long on the sip. The nose just hints at the complexity of the palate but shows maraschino cherry and light herbal notes. This is a really interesting burgundy for the aficionados but also a great intro for the uninitiated!

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.
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Nuits Saint Georges

- A long, narrow appellation, and the southernmost commune of importance in the Côtes de Nuits. Nuits St. Georges tend to be sturdy, muscular wines, which are tannic in their youth. There are no Grands Cru in the town, but several Premier Cru vineyards. The wines from the north side of the village, towards Vosne-Romanée are distinctly different in character than those from the southern vineyards. The vineyards traditionally among the best are in the South, including Cailles, Vaucrains, St. Georges, and Argillières. These vineyards are on deep brown limestone. The northern vineyards, on the other side of the river Meuzin, have more in common with those of Vosne Romanée. The vineyards are composed of pebbles and limestone, and the wines have more of the finesse and elegance of Vosne, but with the structure of Nuits St. Georges.