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


1er Cru "Duresses"

‘Les Duresses’ is the only Monthélie Premier Cru to be situated on the other side of the valley between Volnay and the village of Monthélie, continuing on from ‘Les Duresses’ of Auxey-Duresses.
Domaine Faiveley acquired this parcel in 2007.


Total Surface Area: 6 ha 72 a 34 ca
Exposition: East, South East
Soil: Deep Clay
Grape Variety: Pinot Noir

Surface Area: 0 ha 37 a 50 ca - [0.93 Acres]
Year the vines were planted: 1956
Average annual Production: 1 400 bottles

The hand-picked harvest goes through a short prefermentary maceration first, before being vinified.  After the vatting period, which lasts around 3 weeks, we use a vertical press to obtain very pure high-quality juices.   
The wine 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 one third 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:

A beautiful intense red colour.  The aromas of small red fruits accompany floral violet notes. A wine of fine fullness, which brings a certain freshness together with a present tannic structure.  The whole is beautifully harmonious.  The structure is both firm and velvety.


Serve at: 14°C to 16°C
Serve with: Pigeon with Cloves of Garlic, Roast Veal Kidneys
Cellaring Potential: 6 to 8 ans

This Monthélie 1er Cru "Duresses" opens with a woody, vanilla nose with grilled notes of red fruits. The frank attack is followed by greater ripeness on the palate with caramel aromas. Round and greedy, this wine stretches out deliciously with its long finish.

Tasting Date : April 2009

The 2007 vintage  gives a Monthélie "Duresses" adorned with a dark garnet red colour with shades of violet.   The powerful nose opens up with grilled notes of mocha and candied red fruits. It is rich and fruity on the palate and just as greedy. Its liveliness is balanced out by the smoothed out tannins. This Monthélie is a very fine velvety wine which can be enjoyed from now on. 

Tasting Date : December 2008

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