Stephen Tanzer 95-97
"(from vines facing southeast, whereas the "regular" Clos de Beze is from south-facing vines; these vines are also a bit older: 55 years vs. 45): Good deep red. A coulis of red fruits sharpened by blood orange on the nose. Less reduced and more vibrant than the cuvee classique and utterly primary in the mouth, with pure fruit flavors framed and lifted by underlying minerality and perfectly integrated acidity. The explosive, highly perfumed finish features outstanding grip and punch and unflagging perfume. There will be just 4 barrels of this juice in 2011 (the cuvee was originally introduced in 2009), vs. 15 of the basic bottling. Hervet believes the two versions are of roughly equal quality, but today the Ouvrees Rodin is singing." ~S.T.
From Allen Meadows (Burghound): "As I explained when it was introduced last year, 2011 will also see the special cuvée of Clos de Bèze, which is called Les Ouvrées Rodin and is named after the sculptor Auguste Rodin. [An ouvrée is an old Burgundian land measurement approximating .0428 ha and there are about 24 ouvrées in a hectare. Before the days of mechanization, one ouvrée was the notional amount of land that could be tended by one worker manually in one day and because the holdings in Burgundy are often so small, this measurement is still in use today.] The Domaine owns three discrete parcels within Clos de Bèze which total a relatively large 1.29 ha. The selection itself comes from the parcel with the oldest vines. As it was in 2010, Hervet indicated that the special cuvée will be sold via allocation only in 2011 so obtaining a few bottles may prove to be a challenge but should you have the opportunity, as my note would suggest, don’t pass it up."
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In 1825, Pierre Faiveley founded the firm that now bears the name Domaine Faiveley. At that time, the firm was a classic négociant, buying and selling wine. But from generation to generation, with a strong commitment to the quality of Burgundy's patrimony, the Faiveley family has purchased vineyards and is today among the largest owners of classified vineyards in the Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune and Côte Chalonnaise. On October 15, 2013, in a surprise announcement, Domaine Faiveley reported it had acquired 20 hectares of vines previously owned by Domaine Dupont-Tisserandot, which is based in Gevrey-Chambertin. All together, the firm now presently owns 123 hectares of vineyards among which 12 hectares are grands crus and 27, premiers crus.
The objective of the family today, led by Erwan Faiveley, is to increase the firm's holdings of great vineyards so that there can be complete control from vine to bottle across the entire range of wines. Along with this focus, Erwan Faiveley and General Manager Bernard Hervet have renovated the cellars, which now boast state-of-the-art barrel presses, custom-designed wooden vats and among the finest, air-cured oak casks available in the world.
Unlike many wine growers, Domaine Faiveley has united the management of its vineyards and its cellar under the direction of one technical director, Jerome Flous. The result is seamless integration of the wines. Domaine Faiveley wines are widely recognized for being among the finest produced in Burgundy and Domaine Faiveley among the finest wine producers in the world.