Domaine Faiveley

Bourgogne, France

Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru “Les Amoureuses” — 2022

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  • Introduction

    • WINERY Wine runs deep in the Faiveley family’s blood, as they have been deeply rooted in Bourgogne, its history, and its culture for almost two centuries now. Their values have remained unchanged over the last seven generations and are based on a deep attachment to the Bourgogne region, an instinctive passion for the terroirs, and an innate respect for man and his work. Today they are one of the largest owners in Burgundy, with holdings spreading from the Côte de Nuits to the Côte Chalonnaise, featuring polished, collectible reds and whites with exceptionally high ratings.

      WINE The “Les Amoureuses” parcel is situated just below the famous Musigny Grand Cru , and above the village of Vougeot. Located at the southern end of the ChambolleMusigny commune, it is the most famous and highly respected of the 24 Premier Cru climats in ChambolleMusigny. The site’s name translates to “The Lovers”. Les Amoureuses Premier Cru wines are noted for their combination of delicacy and intensity, with earthy characters and firm but silky tannins.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Vineyards: Domaine Faiveley is responsible for all the work carried out in this vineyard and can therefore have total control over the quality of the grapes, as in the plots it owns.
    • Grape Source: Les Amoureuses
    • Appellation: Chambolle-Musigny, Premier Cru, AOC
    • Location: Bourgogne
    • Viticulture: Organic Farming
    • Soil: Clay and gravel
    • Orientation: East, South-East
  • Vintage Report

    • The winter of 2022 was relatively mild with average levels of rainfall. The nights of April 10-12 saw some frost (-2°C) although our vines fortunately did not suffer too much. Bud burst occurred in mid April. Flowering began on May 18 in the Côte chalonnaise and May 23rd in the Côte d’Or. Spring saw lightning fast growth during the 2022 vintage with the extremely fast development of the plant owing to the effects of the rain and warmth The month of May was a record-breaker in terms of heat (as high as 30°C) and was also very dry. At the beginning of June, the vines made up for the lost time caused by the spring frosts. Another defining characteristic of the vintage was 3 severe storms in the Côte de Nuits in June 2023 with cumulative rainfall levels of 250mm (compared to the 60mm average in June). The rain in June proved highly beneficial and enabled the vines to withstand the intense summer heat thanks to water reserves stored in the soils. This year the harvests took place in the glorious sunshine and the fruit displayed exceptional ripeness with sugar levels in line with the average. It was a particularly high quality harvest this year and the grapes were intensely fragrant and in perfect health.

  • Vinification

    • The proportion of de-stemmed grapes and whole clusters varies depending on the vintage. The wines are punched down daily in order to extract color, tannins and aromas from the skin of the grapes. After a 19 day vatting period, the alcoholic fermentation is complete. The free-run wine is run off using a gravity system whilst the marc is pressed slowly and gently in order to extract an exceptionally pure press wine.

    • Aging: 16 months in French oak barrels, 40-50% new oak, 50-60% second fill barrels
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
    • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Tasting Notes

    • Garnet red color with purple tints. The nose is particularly expressive and reveals complex aromas of ripe fruits (raspberry) and spices and roasted and smoky notes. On the palate, this wine proves very fine and elegant with wild fruit aromas (blackberry) and spices and a subtle oak. Its length is remarkable.