Domaine Faiveley Dinner

The Square, London
Tasted Thursday, June 18, 2009 by reichken with 509 views

Introduction

A producer night in London brought us to the Michelin starred restaurant, The Square. Fourteen of us gathered to taste through 17 or so wines from Faiveley. It was a nice grouping of wines centered around the late eighties and early nineties.
The food was flawless and featured several of the house legends
The wine service was superb as Marc took great care of us and gave us a full contingent of glasses so we could linger over wines as long as as we liked
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i have to say i thought the whites showed very well, better than i expected and no signs of premox and tasting quite young, well made and interesting
The reds, in many ways did not surprise, they lived up to what many would think of the Faiveley style/wines. They were not charming wines, they in general were a bit lean or at least not showing a lot of soft edges. They went better with the food although perhaps a more rustic meal plays against them better than our very rich gourmet feast did. They begged me to believe they need much more time to come around, but i scratched my head a bit and wondered if they ever would. i guess we will have to come back and try again in 5-10

Flight 1 (1 Note)

  • 1993 Vilmart & Cie Champagne Coeur de Cuvée 89 Points

    France, Champagne

    light gold, fresh bubbles. a slightly nutty and yeasty nose with apples both on the nose and in the mouth, i think this was bottle was a bit off as the finish was quite clipped/short and it never was as lively or vibrant as it could/should be

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Flight 2 (3 Notes)

Saute of Scotish Langoustine Tails with Parmesan Gnocchi and an Emulsion of Potato and Truffles (i love this dish)
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  • 2000 Faiveley Corton-Charlemagne 92 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru

    A light gold yellow color, when first poured there was an interesting nose of candied ginger, sweet spices and maybe a hint of cloves. in the mouth a very well balanced wine wine, with a toasty flavor to it. the sweetness well balanced against the acidity, very long. when returned to at the end of dinner it had evolved and was showing a more minerally side but still very long

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  • 2001 Faiveley Corton-Charlemagne 93 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru

    light golden yellow, minerals on the nose with a touch of nuts, very fresh and youthful mouth with some stone fruits and minerals, a bit of smokey edge, very well balanced and acidity and tannins that stayed in the background, very long wine. tasted even better at the end of dinner. my WOTF (and thus white wine of the night)

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  • 2002 Faiveley Corton-Charlemagne 92 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru

    light yellow color, floral sweet nose with a touch of mint. very clean, this tasted a bit more like burgundy at first than the other two whites. very focused, pure fresh fruit. very long. this wine may outlast the other two and should continue to get better and better

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Flight 3 (5 Notes)

Breast and Ballotine of Chicken with Sweetcorn, Girolles, Almonds and Beurre Noisette
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Flight 4 (5 Notes)

Rump of Veal with Salsify, Cauliflower, Roasting Juices and Grated Bouton de Coulotte
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Flight 5 (4 Notes)

Herb Crusted Saddle of West Country Lamb with Shallot Puree, Artichokes, Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil
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  • 1990 Faiveley Latricières-Chambertin 90 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Latricières-Chambertin Grand Cru

    nose of sweet funky fruits, smells sweeter than it tastes, the acid is still showing more here than everything else,clipped at end

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  • 1991 Faiveley Latricières-Chambertin 93 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Latricières-Chambertin Grand Cru

    TasteVinage bottle- dark fruits with some herbiness on the nose, tight dark fruits in the mouth, high acid, good balance, long finish, big big mouth. this wine will continue to improve for years. co-WOTN

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  • 2003 Faiveley Latricières-Chambertin 90 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Latricières-Chambertin Grand Cru

    dark purple color, dark fruits on the nose, a touch of nail polish remover. very big mouth in the wine, rich, round, dark red fruits, quite long. grippy tannins. hard to get a read on this one

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  • 2007 Faiveley Latricières-Chambertin 91 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Latricières-Chambertin Grand Cru

    served in magnum-dark purple color, floral nose with dark red pinot fruits on the nose. lush in the mouth, sweet red fruits, lovely minerality. very diff than all the other faiveleys this evening, a more modern style but it is a big lush fruit forward wine. balance is quite good. we will see

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Flight 6

Cheese: Epoisses, Charolais, Citeaux de L'abbaye
Vouvray Moulleaux 1990, Clos Baudoin
Montlous Romulus 2003, Domaine Taille aux Loups (Jacky Blot)

Closing

i didn't take any notes on the dessert wines (sorry jeremy, but thank you for bringing them) , i was revisiting reds and catching up with friends.
all in all a very interesting and fun night of wine and great food and company. i look forward to the next producer dinner

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