"The quality of this wine has skyrocketed over the past few vintages" -Burghound
2012 Faiveley Clos des Cortons Faiveley
Whenever I see a well priced parcel of Faiveley's Clos des Cortons, I don't hesitate to pull the trigger.
Clos des Cortons is a bottle that can keep pace with Faiveley's top wines. We're talking about wines like Musigny and Clos de Beze. Only at a fraction of the cost.
As Burghound's note makes clear, Faiveley's Clos des Cortons is really, really strong these days. It's pretty easy to make the claim that it's never been better.
Clos des Cortons, a monopole of Faiveley, is a really special wine. Clos des Cortons seems to pull off that magical feat of consolidating the best attributes of its neighbors and rendering them with a unique sense of sophistication and depth. In Clos des Cortons you have Corton's muscle married to refinement and layered complexity.
In 2012, this site shines in all its soil-inflected glory. The combination of intense, explosively stony minerality with a walk-on-tiptoe finesse underlines just how special this site is. The sense of completeness, fineness and terroir saturation is really impressive.
For the past seven vintages, Faiveley has been killing it. These releases harken back to Faiveley's heyday in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Many of these bottles are still amazing today. To say the current incarnation of Faiveley is one of the most exciting things happening in Burgundy would be an understatement. Their Clos des Cortons is the strongest example of how the winemaking there is hitting on all eight cylinders.
2012 Red Burgundy is proving extremely difficult to find in quantity, which isn't surprising given how small the harvest was and the ever increasing demand for the wines. I'm lucky to have landed this parcel, but frankly it's far from big. I mention this as a warning, because we'll likely have to allocate.
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Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits
Burghound: "The quality of this wine has skyrocketed over the past few vintages; while it was always very good, it has now become one of the most consistent performers in the Faiveley portfolio. There is quite a bit of wood influence at present and it fights a bit with the spicy dark berry fruit aromas that exhibit plenty of earth and game character. The impressively scaled and concentrated broad-shouldered flavors possess an opulent yet entirely serious mouth feel before culminating in a balanced, explosively and tremendously persistent finish. This is a bit woody today yet the underlying material is such that it seems all but evident that it will successfully integrate the oak in time."