Grand Cru White barrel
Tasted: Jun 15, 2014
Producer note: For more general information about the 2012 vintage chez Faiveley, please see Issue 53 or the database. With respect to the whites, managing director Bernard Hervet did note that “I have never seen such a small harvest in the Côte de Beaune as the poor flowering and hail did serious damage. As such the wines are extremely concentrated and powerful yet they retain both good balance and surprisingly good typicity.” (Frederick Wildman, www.frederickwildman.com, NY, NY; there are many sources in the UK, among them John Armit Wines, www.armit.co.uk, UK, Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, UK, Howard Ripley, www.howardripley.com, UK and Haynes, Hanson & Clark, www.hhandc.co.uk, UK).
Tasting note: The highly expressive nose features notes of honeysuckle, pit fruit and olive oil hints. There is excellent vibrancy and lovely delineation to the seductively textured medium-bodied flavors that possess a refined mouth feel on the clean and dry finish that exhibits just a hint of bitterness. Note that the bitterness is probably a passing phase and that my predicted range assumes that it will dissipate in time.