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2018 Domaine Faiveley Volnay 1er Cru "Fremiets"

SKU #1517817 91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2018 Volnay 1er Cru Frémiets offers up an inviting bouquet of red berries, wild plums, spices and rich soil tones, followed by a medium to full-bodied, concentrated and elegantly proportioned palate, built around ripe acids and powdery, fine-grained tannins. From a 0.75-hectare parcel of old vines, this is a fine Frémiets in the making. This was an excellent tasting with Faiveley's technical director Jérôme Flous, who has handled the 2018 vintage very skillfully indeed. Flous told me that, in his opinion, wines with comparatively low acidity need compensatory tannin to age and to temper their sweetness of fruit. In that regard, he feels he did not extract sufficiently, so he took things a little further in 2018. I am happy to report that—even if extraction is something of a dirty word among the Burgundy commentariat—Flous struck a good balance, producing deep and complex wines with texture and structure, yes, but no asperity in the least. Elegant but age worthy, they exemplify Faiveley's contemporary style and come recommended. These wines were tasted from representative samples at Faiveley's Nuits-Saint-Georges facility. Readers looking for my notes on the 2017 Faiveley wines from bottle can find them in the End of November 2019 Issue of The Wine Advocate. (WK) Inner quote mark (1/2020)

90-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark Ripe but agreeably fresh and pretty aromas feature notes of plum, dark pinot, spice and wafting violet scents. The super-sleek, intense and refined middle weight flavors possess excellent delineation on the refreshingly saline-inflected, firm and very serious finish that is complex, long and youthfully austere. Patience advised. Inner quote mark (1/2020)

K&L Notes

89-91pts Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy: "Plot purchased in 2007 ex Annick Parent. Mid red purple, not much on the nose yet. Sweet ripe dark cherry nose with a little bit of mocha, excellent persistence, fully ripe but not excessive Tasted: November 2019."

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