2019 Domaine Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin Lavaux St Jacques Premier Cru
Domaine Faiveley was founded in 1825, and while they have been known for producing outstanding quality wines throughout this time, they are widely considered one of the most improved domaines in Burgundy over the last decade. Since taking over from his father Francois, Erwan Faiveley has made a deliberate decision to emphasise freshness and purity of fruit rather than fruit extraction, and at times, excessive use of new oak. This change has resulted in wines with greater refinement and vineyard character expression.
A cool, pure and ultra-fresh nose features plenty of sauvage and underbrush characters on the pretty mélange of wild red and dark berry aromas. The tension-filled and intensely mineral-driven flavors are supported by dense but relatively fine tannins on the explosively long, youthfully austere and serious finale. Unusually for Lavaut, this possesses a beguiling inner mouth perfume that renders this all the more attractive.
Allen Meadows - Burghound
Aromas of plums, smoky berry fruit, forest floor and peonies preface the 2019 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaux Saint-Jacques, a medium to full-bodied, layered and lively wine built around succulent acids and youthfully chalky tannins. This is a touch finer-boned and more precise than its richer 2018 counterpart.
William Kelley - Wine Advocate (Jan 2021)
The 2019 Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaux Saint-Jacques 1er Cru is completely destemmed. It has an open-knit bouquet of brambly red fruit, singed leather and loamy aromas, all well defined. The palate is medium-bodied with crunchy black fruit and lightly spiced. The pleasant edgy finish leaves a hint of dark chocolate on the aftertaste. Very fine and commendable salinity.
Neal Martin - Vinous
Mid red purple, with a very elegant nose, I thought whole bunches, but there are none, just the style. Starts in raspberry, continues with a sweeter strawberry and is both balanced and sensual all the way through. Lovely lovingly perfumed finish. Very good.
Jasper Morris - Inside Burgundy