Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru La Combe aux Moines 2016

Domaine Faiveley


Domaine Faiveley combines the principles of modern winemaking methods with the time honored traditions that have been practiced for centuries within their 19th century cellars. Each terroir and each vintage, benefits from special attention which makes the cuvées unique. Each bottle therefore becomes the faithful reflection of its terroir.

Terroir: La Combe aux Moines or ‘The Monks Combe’ is one of the most northern vineyards in the appellation of Gevrey Chambertin bordering Les Cazetiers to the south. The 12 acre vineyard sits with an eastern exposure with soils of fossiliferous clay and white marl. Domaine Faiveley owns a single 2.96 acre parcel on the top southern border of the vineyard.

Vinification: Grapes are hand harvested and sorted upon arrival at the domaine. Following a short maceration the must undergoes primary fermentation in a combination of stainless steel and wooden vats. The young wines are aged in 70% lightly toasted new oak barrels for 14 to 16 months.

Additional Information

Intense ruby red color and an attractive nose offering fresh red fruits, sweet spice, oaky notes and a touch of smoke. The palate is smooth and persistent with fruity, oaky notes that linger on the finish. A remarkably elegant wine with silky smooth tannins and a very distinctive finish.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Gevrey-Chambertin
  • Winemaker: Jerome Flous
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Fossiliferous Clay and White Marls
  • Vineyard Acreage: 1.2ha
  • Avg Vine Age: Date to 1933
  • Alcohol: Under 14%
  • Avg Production: 7600 bottles
  • Sizes Available: 6/750ml
  • Varietals: 100% Pinot Noir

Recent Press

  • Score: 95 Points

    Wine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
    Date: Wednesday, February 6, 2019
    "This is tightly wound, dense and chunky, with black cherry, black currant, spice and tobacco flavors, supported by gum-coating tannins. The finish is long and refreshing, echoing dark fruit and spice notes. Best from 2023 through 2043."
  • Score: 93 Points

    The Wine Advocate Author: William Kelley
    Date: Thursday, January 31, 2019
    "The 2016 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Combe Aux Moines offers up a delicate bouquet of wild berries, cassis, coniferous forest floor and candied peel. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, pure and elegant, with a succulent core of fruit, immensely satiny structuring tannins that caress the palate and impeccable balance. It's a strikingly graceful rendition of Combe Aux Moines, and thanks to its structural finesse, it will enjoy a broad drinking window."
  • Vinous Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Date: Monday, July 23, 2018
    Good dark red. Pure, cool, very reticent aromas of raspberry, redcurrant and licorice plus a positive hint of mustard seed. Backward and unforthcoming on the palate as well, showing subtle saline mineral and soil tones but little easy sweetness or fleshiness. Finishes with slightly granular but ripe tannins and very good length.
    Grade: 90-92 Points
  • Burghound Author: Allen Meadows
    Date: Tuesday, January 16, 2018
    "(from a large 1.2 ha parcel). Discreet wood easily allows the overtly sauvage and earth-infused aromas of dark berries and humus to shine. The intense, muscular and powerful big-bodied flavors possess good minerality that really comes up on the austere and sneaky long finale. Textbook CAM."
    Grade: 91-94 points

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