Based in the famous Côte de Nuits town of Nuits-Saint-Georges Domaine Faiveley has been passed through successive generations for more than 180 years. For one of the major Burgundy houses it remains independent and is currently under the direction of Erwan Faiveley.
They are one of the largest vineyard owners in Burgundy. Almost self-sufficient, they make 80% of their wines with fruit grown in the family's vineyards, including virtually all of their Côte d'Or wines. The family's policy of buying premium land over the span of seven generations means that Faiveley today owns vineyards in the most prestigious Crus: Corton, Corton-Charlemagne, Mazis-Chambertin, Chambertin Clos de Bèze, Latricières-Chambertin, Musigny, Echézeaux and Clos Vougeot - the jewels of Burgundy - producing rare and precious wines.
In total they own 125 hectares including 30 hectares in Côte de Nuits, 15 hectares in Côte de Beaune and 75 hectares in Côte Chalonnaise. These vineyard holdings include 10 Grand Crus and 20 Premier Crus spread over 16 villages. In the Côte Chalonnaise, Faiveley owns one of the largest Domaines in Mercurey.
Through careful planning and acquisition, the Domaine has managed to purchase or acquire eight monopole vineyards. These comprise 38% of the Domaine's total vineyards, including, in the Côte de Beaune: Beaune Clos de l'Ecu Premier Cru and Corton Clos des Cortons Faiveley Grand Cru; in the Côte de Nuits: Gevrey-Chambertin Clos des Issarts Premier Cru and in the Côte Chalonnaise: Mercurey Clos des Myglands Premier Cru, Mercurey La Framboisière and Mercurey Clos Rochette.
The Faiveleys firmly believe that the quality of the wine comes first from the fruit. They keep yields to a minimum through the controlled use of organic fertiliser and strict pruning. The development of rootstocks suited to specific soil types together with a high average vine age in the Faiveley vineyards also contributes to low yields. The finished wines are classic Burgundies with wonderful longevity, aromatics and a unique, elegant style.
Faiveley have recently appointed a technical director who has organised separate viticulture and winemaking teams for the Côte d'Or and the Côte Chalonnaise. Other projects include the building of a logistic centre in Mercurey, replacement of oak casks, label modernisation and replanting.
Purchase of new vineyards is at the top of Erwan's agenda. After the acquisition of Premier Cru sites in Meursault, Volnay, Blagny, Monthélie and Pommard in 2007, Faiveley further extended their vineyards into the Côte de Beaune. The Faiveley family has now become the owner of five hectares in the most prestigious appellations of Puligny-Montrachet including: Grand Cru: Bienvenues Bâtard-Montrachet and Bâtard-Montrachet; Premier Cru: Puligny-Montrachet 'Les Referts', 'La Garenne' and 'Les Folatières'.