Domaine Faiveley: Great Burgundy wines in Nuits-Saint-Georges since 1825

Gevrey-Chambertin

1er Cru "La Combe aux Moines"

‘La Combe aux Moines’  means  ‘The Monks’ Combe’. It is said that during the construction of the castle of Gevrey, after a hard day’s work, the monks of Cluny would gather together in the combe.

Characteristics

Total surface area: 4 ha 76 a 86 ca 
Exposition: East
Soil: Fossiliferous Clay and White Marls
Grape Variety: 100 % Pinot Noir

Domaine Faiveley surface area: 1 ha 19 a 96 ca  - [2,96 Acres]
Years the vines were planted: 1933, 1935, 1953, 1980, 1984, 1988
Average annual production: 7 600 bottles

The hand-picked harvest goes through a short prefermentary maceration before being vinified.  For the duration of the 18-20 day vatting period, the wine is kept at low temperature.
It is then matured in oak barrels for 14 to 16 months, in nineteenth century vaulted cellars which provide ideal conditions for raising wines.  The proportion of new oak, which is susceptible to variations according to the vintage, represents on average two thirds of the cuvée.  The barrels come from high-quality barrel makers and have been rigorously selected for their fine grain and light toast.

Our Tasting Notes:

The nose is very pleasant with aromas of fresh red fruits and spices.
This wine is round and long on the palate where we find fruity and woody tastes.  It is all elegance, with silky tannins and a sophisticated very long finish.

Suggestions

Serve at: 15°C
Serve with: Red Meats, Game (Deer)
Cellaring potential: 8 to 15 years

The Gevrey-Chambertin "La Combe aux Moines", from the 2008 vintage,  is an intense dark ruby colour with garnet tints.  The powerful nose expresses spices and crunchy red fruits.  On the palate, the wood is more noticeable, but counterbalanced by the acidity typical of the vintage.  It's a fleshy, fresh and round wine, which already has fine maturity.  

Tasting Date : May 2010

Press Notes

Allen Meadows: 90-93/100

After its brilliant, clear, dark colour, we find the typical Pinot Noir nose, dominated by fresh fruit, hot spices and grilled notes.  The attack is frank and the wine is balanced on the palate,  with a elegant marriage of spices, liquorice, cherries and candied orange. Full of finesse, this Gevrey-Chambertin "La Combe aux Moines" has a sophisticated long finish.

Tasting Date : December 2008

Press Notes

Allen Meadows: 91/100
Stephen Tanzer's IWC: 90/100

This Gevrey-Chambertin "La Combe aux Moines" 2006 opens up with a discreet, fine and fruity nose.  It proves to have pedigree  and elegance, and is beautiful on the palate, fleshy, with noticeable wood, mixed with fruity notes of strawberries and redcurrants.  A very harmonious wine to be enjoyed from now on. 

Tasting Date : June 2008

Press Notes

Allen Meadows: 89-92/100
Stephen Tanzer's IWC: 89-92/100

 
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