1995 Domaine Faiveley Grand Cru "Corton-Clos des Cortons Faiveley"

SKU #1166579 94 points Wine Spectator

 Thick, rich and yet so elegant--this is gorgeous red Burgundy. Inky-black in color, concentrated, packing in fruit, fine tannins and acidity, it bursts with complexity, showing violet, plum, soya, currant, clove and spice character. Full-bodied, will improve with cellaring. *Cellar Selection* (PM)  (8/1998)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Still excellent color. Here the nose has gone full-on secondary with darker fruit notes that include plum and currant spiked with leather, warm earth, humus and smoked meat. There is both good energy and detail to the broad-shouldered flavors that possess a relatively supple mid-palate that contrasts with the firm '95 style tannins that emerge on the robust and rustic but not tough finish. This is at once very Corton and very '95 that offers fine depth and persistence. With that said, there is no reason to delay drinking up though at the same time, there is no rush either.  (5/2018)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Black cherry, gunflint and a hint of smoked meat on the nose. Sweet but very closed today, with the high-pitched fruit wrapped up in the wine's powerful structure. Finishes with serious tannins but has the extract to support them. This very rich wine seems fatter and more expansive than the '96, despite needing considerable bottle aging. (ST) 91+  (3/1998)

91 points Vinous

 Medium bright red with hardly any amber. Slightly high-toned, Bordeaux-like aromas of red and darker berries, tobacco and soil. A powerful, dense, structured wine with a strong combination of acidity, saline minerality and tannic spine. And yet the raspberry fruit maintains sexy sweetness and opulence. Finishes with excellent length and distinctly dusty tannins that build with air. This was the vintage when François Faiveley invested in a system that would allow him to carry out a cold maceration but Erwan noted that "we may not have been careful enough using the new equipment the first year." Faiveley stopped using this sytem in 2007, investing in temperature-controlled tanks. I like this classically dry wine a little better than Faiveley does, owing to its power and impression of salty dry extract. Made from a very late harvest, beginning on October 3. (13.5% alcohol; 3.35 pH; 3.8 g/l acidity)(ST)  (3/2019)


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Varietal:

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.
Country:

France

- 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.
Sub-Region:

Burgundy

- 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.
Specific Appellation:

Corton

- The hill of Corton, an escarpment topped with a forest, overlooks the Grand Cru vineyard of Corton and the towns of Ladoix-Serrigny and Aloxe-Corton in the Côte de Beaune. This is the first area south from the town of Beaune. Corton is the sole Grand Cru red of the Côte de Beaune. The southeast portion of this vineyard produces Grand Cru white, and is called Corton Charlemagne. Famous Premier Cru vineyards are Corton Bressandes, Corton Renardes and Corton Clos du Roi.