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2019 Domaine Faiveley Chambertin Clos de Bèze Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1527036 97 points Decanter

Outer quote mark This is produced from three of the four Faiveley parcels in the Clos de Bèze. After a fermentation largely with whole clusters and ageing in cask (70% new), the wine is deeply aromatic, showing an array of aromas that range from ripe cassis and plum fruit, to savoury and smoky notes with a mineral/saline edge. The texture of the wine is tannic, massively concentrated and firm, yet not unyielding. Superb. (CC) Inner quote mark (10/2020)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Aromas of cassis, plums, orange oil, smoked meats, loamy soil and black truffle preface Faiveley's 2019 Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru, a full-bodied, velvety and sumptuous wine that's elegantly textural and fleshy, with its broad-shouldered chassis of tannin cloaked in an ample core of succulent fruit. Long and complete, it's a terrific Clos de Bèze in the making. Jérôme Flous told me that Faiveley began picking on September 9, finishing by the 20th, and that yields averaged out at around 35 hectoliters per hectare in white and a little less in red. Comparing the 2019 vintage to "a more concentrated version of 2010," he admires—as I do—its vibrant fruit tones and refined tannins, finding it more elegant than 2018. The quality of the red wines chez Faiveley is old news, and for more information on this firm's evolution I direct readers to my report published in the August 2020 Week 1 issue of The Wine Advocate. It's worth underlining, however, how good the whites are these days: Flous tells me that he now includes fûts from Damy and Chassin in the white wine barrel program, and in the last few vintages, I've found the wines' new oak component better and better integrated. (WK) Inner quote mark (1/2021)

94-96 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2019 Chambertin Clos-de-Bèze Grand Cru has a well-defined, very delineated bouquet of red and black fruit laced with graphite and light tobacco aromas, quite austere at first but opening up with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with crunchy red berry fruit. The acidity here is well judged, and there is the same kind of salinity as the Latricières toward the tannic finish. This will require 5–6 years in bottle to shave its edges, but it will be worth it. (NM) Inner quote mark (12/2020)

93-96 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark A mildly toasty and mentholated nose offers up a wonderful array of spice elements on the notably floral red berry fruit and earth-inflected aromas. The sleek and satin-textured big-bodied flavors possess a highly sophisticated mouthfeel that exudes evident minerality on the youthfully austere and terrifically persistent finish. A brief summation would be cool and very classy. *Don't Miss!* Inner quote mark (1/2021)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Barrel sample. Savoury bitter-cherry notes with real energy, depth and interest. Polish and freshness. Great stuff! Long and a really nice combination of concentration and life. Really long. Chapeau! 17.5+/20 points (JR) Inner quote mark (12/2020)

K&L Notes

95-98 points Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy: "Fine mid purple. Was slow out of its blocks at first apparently but now it has a very high-class perfume. Sensual, clearly ripe fruit, crushed raspberry, but with nuanced detail here, the texture is absolutely what is should be and there is a long fine balanced finish. Certainly very persistent. Good stuff. Tasted: November 2020."

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