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9th Jan 2020
January 2020 Week 2, The Wine Advocate
The 2018 Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru is performing very well, wafting from the glass with a deep-pitched bouquet of cassis, wild berries, incense, rich soil tones and woodsmoke. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, layered and broad-shouldered, with a deep and layered core, rich structuring tannins and ripe but succulent acids. Long and sapid, this is another excellent Clos Vougeot from Faiveley, and this cuvée seems to go from strength to strength every year.
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.