Deep ruby red in colour with notes of ripe fruits, oak and touch of licorice on the nose. The palate offers silky smooth tannins, an elegant mouthfeel, good balance and excellent length.
Based in Nuits-St-Georges, the famous Domaine Faiveley was founded in 1825 and in more recent times, the domaine has greatly expanded its vineyards across the entire Côte d'Or. The grapes are entirely destemmed and fermented in a mix of new wooden vats for the top end wines and stainless steel for the lesser cuvees. Once notorious for being fairly austere, there has been less emphasis on extraction over the last ten years and the wines show increased freshness, purity of fruit and more judicious use of oak. A contender for one of the most improved domaines in Burgundy over the last decade.
TIM ATKIN MW - DECANTER
Clos des Issarts is a Faiveley monopole, well-placed next to the higher part of Ruchottes-Chambertin on two separate terraces. It's another impressive 2017 from a cooler premier cru, with subtle reduction, some underlying grip and lots of scented red cherry and pomegranate fruit complemented by 40% new wood.
NEAL MARTIN - VINOUS
Points: (92-94) The 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin Clos des Issarts 1er Cru is a 0.5-hectare monopole adjacent to the Clos de Ruchottes from Rousseau. The most sensual of Faiveley’s Gevrey Premier Crus, it has a seductive bouquet of pure raspberry, cranberry and rose petal scents. The well balanced palate displays supple tannin, pretty red cherries, crushed strawberry and hints of fig jam toward the detailed finish. This is a gorgeous 2017 that is going to be irresistible once in bottle.