In February of 2012, Restaurant Nicholas hosted a wine dinner featuring 12 different wines from the Burgundy region of France. I had previously not been particularly fond of wines from this area. The dinner at Nicholas changed that.
Domaine Faiveley, founded in 1825, is located in the town of Nuits-Saint-Georges in the Burgundy region of France.
The 2009 Faiveley Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Lavieres was 100% Pinot Noir. This vintage was aged for 14 to 16 months in French oak barrels (roughly 30% new). The label stated ABV was 13%.
As a 2009, I drank this wine much too early, but it was difficult staring at it on each trip to the cellar and wondering if it was as good as it was at the dinner. I can now definitively state this was a great bottle. And this is one of their lower end wines.
Prior to tasting, the wine was decanted for 1 hour.
Minerals and terroir were prominent aromas on the nose. I also detected red fruit and cherries.
Taking a sip, wonderful cherries were on the front and back ends. They actually grew stronger as the wine opened up and the evening went on. It was an amazing experience (I know that’s an odd statement about a glass of wine, but it was true!). Bright red fruit and spice also came through.
The finish on this wine was superb. The tannins were silky smooth. Blending with them were cherry and spice. The finish went on forever.
This wine was so well balanced. It was a perfect combination of grapes, aging, and production by an expert winemaker.
This wine would pair well with grilled or roasted red meat, poultry, or fish. I would avoid any heavy sauces, even tomato sauce, or any hot, spicy dish, as they will likely overpower the wine.
The 2009 Faiveley Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Lavieres cost $62. While it is pricey, it was well worth the cost. In fact, I should have bought more of this vintage.