Generational change from one of Burgundy's biggest: Faiveley

It's always stressful to take over the family business, as seventh generation Erwan Faiveley did at the age of just 25, but particularly challenging for him as Domaine Faiveley is one of Burgundy's largest producers, with 120 ha of land alongside a smaller négociant business.

A holding of this size was only achievable because Pierre Faiveley started buying land in 1825, when available land was significantly more abundant than it is today. Pierre's son Joseph introduced Faiveley to northern Europe through the canals and rivers, which Burgundian wine merchants travelled on to trade their wine for textiles.

Erwan describes his first years as extremely difficult, especially given his age — many in the team had been working at the domaine for longer than he'd been alive — and encountered significant resistance to his attempts to change old habits. The workload of producing over 50 cuvées from the domaine plots, however, and managing separate teams in the Côte d'Or and Côte Chalonnaise, soon left him with very little time to be stressed.

He has made big changes since taking over from his father in 2004. Most noticeably, extraction has become significantly gentler in the last 15 years, moving away from François' style of huge tannic structure, sometimes achieved at the expense of fruit, and towards greater elegance and freshness. Erwan partially attributes the change in style to their new barrel maker, who came on board in 2006: they'd concluded that their old cooper had been making barrels from wood that hadn't been fully dried, which was giving tough, green tannins to an already powerful style. Erwan's new style shows from the 2007 vintage onwards.

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Why we like it:

• One of Burgundy's largest domaines, with plots all over the Côte d'Or and Côte Chalonnaise.
• Significant changes in style under seventh generation Erwan Faiveley: more fruit, more elegance, gentler extraction.
• Over 50 cuvées in the domaine portfolio.

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2019 Domaine Faiveley, Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru 6x750ml

RP93
¥18,501 / Case

2016 Domaine Faiveley, Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru, Les Fuees 6x750ml

JR17VM93-95
¥7,493 / Case

2018 Domaine Faiveley, Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru 1x750ml

JR17
¥2,721 / Bottle

2014 Domaine Faiveley, Chambertin-Clos de Beze Grand Cru, Les Ouvrees Rodin 1×1.5L

VM95-98
¥14,056 / Bottle

2016 Domaine Faiveley, Chambertin-Clos de Beze Grand Cru, Les Ouvrees Rodin 1x750ml

RP97VM95-98
¥7,989 / Bottle

2010 Domaine Faiveley, Chambertin-Clos de Beze Grand Cru, Les Ouvrees Rodin 1x750ml

VM96-99
¥10,011 / Bottle

2020 Domaine Faiveley, Echezeaux Grand Cru, En Orveaux 1x750ml

VM93
¥1,871 / Bottle

2013 Domaine Faiveley, Chambertin-Clos de Beze Grand Cru, Les Ouvrees Rodin 1x750ml

VM95-98
¥5,967 / Bottle

2017 Domaine Faiveley, Chambertin-Clos de Beze Grand Cru, Les Ouvrees Rodin 1x750ml

VM94
¥6,978 / Bottle

2020 Domaine Faiveley, Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru, Les Damodes 1x750ml

JR16.5RP93VM92
¥799 / Bottle

2020 Domaine Faiveley, Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru 1x750ml

JR17.5RP94VM94
¥2,417 / Bottle

2020 Domaine Faiveley, Latricieres-Chambertin Grand Cru 1x750ml

JR17RP95VM95
¥2,417 / Bottle

2020 Domaine Faiveley, Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru, Les Cazetiers 1×1.5L

JR16RP94VM92
¥2,114 / Bottle

2020 Domaine Faiveley, Corton Grand Cru, Clos des Cortons Faiveley 1×1.5L

VM92
¥3,732 / Bottle

2020 Domaine Faiveley, Corton Grand Cru, Clos des Cortons Faiveley 1x750ml

VM92
¥1,811 / Bottle

2020 Domaine Faiveley, Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru, Les Cazetiers 1x750ml

JR16RP94VM92
¥1,002 / Bottle

2020 Domaine Faiveley, Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 1x750ml

JR16.5+RP94VM93
¥2,114 / Bottle

2019 Domaine Faiveley, Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 1×1.5L

JR17.5RP94
¥3,540 / Bottle

2019 Domaine Faiveley, Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru, Les Saints-Georges 1x750ml

¥961 / Bottle

2001 Domaine Faiveley, Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru, Les Saints-Georges 1x750ml

VM89-92
¥1,305 / Bottle

2001 Domaine Faiveley, Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru, Les Damodes 1x750ml

VM86-88
¥1,002 / Bottle

2001 Domaine Faiveley, Musigny Grand Cru 1x750ml

VM90-94
¥29,325 / Bottle

2019 Domaine Faiveley, Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru, Les Cazetiers 1×1.5L

JR16+RP94VM93/100
¥1,811 / Bottle

2016 Domaine Faiveley, Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru, Issarts 1x750ml

VM93-95
¥799 / Bottle