Quite dark on the colour. Smokey nose with deep dark and ripe cherry - interestingly the nose reminded me of mature Rioja. Touch of wood too. Nice acidity on the nose. Smooth tannins. This wine opened up but not until it had been swirled around in your glass all evening. Had this wine cost 35 USD I'd be excited but it was rather 70 USD which is too much for what it delivers. I'm drinking it very young so most likely I'm missing out on some complexities down the line.
Dinner @ YW's place (Chez YW): My favourite 1er-Cru from Faiveley. Had this side-side with the Chezeaux Charmes, also after decanting. In my view, this is probably one of the most consistent and top (the other being Le Moine's) Cazetiers. Ruby-colored (not as dark as the Chezeaux). Pretty nose of red-berries. Very refined on the palate - cherries, blackcurrant, a tad of stems... Structured but approachable (tannins hiding behind the fruits). Very good. Will improve with more cellar time.
Domaine Faiveley Tutored Tasting (Peach Garden OCBC Centre): Appearance is clear, pale intensity, ruby colour. Legs. Nose is clean, medium+ intensity, with aromas of toasted oak, strawberries and raspberries. Developing. On the palate, dry, high acidity, medium alcohol, medium tannins, medium body. Medium+ flavor intensity, with flavours of toasted oak, strawberries and raspberries, mild spice. Medium+ finish. Very good quality. Showing good potential for the future. Will improve with 8-10 years of age.
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(Faiveley Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers) Barrel sample - medium dark cherry red color; lifted, floral, rosehips, tart cherry nose; tasty, tart cherry, hibiscus, mineral palate; needs 2-3 years; medium-plus finish 91-93 points
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