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, Chambertin-Clos de Beze Grand Cru, Les Ouvrees Rodin 6x750ml

£4,281 / CasePrices are In Bond excl. Duty & VAT

2006 Domaine Faiveley, Chambertin-Clos de Beze Grand Cru 6x750ml

JR16.5VM92+
£1,406 / CasePrices are In Bond excl. Duty & VAT

2017 Domaine Faiveley, Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru, Aux Chaignots 6x750ml

RP91VM90
£434 / CasePrices are In Bond excl. Duty & VAT

2017 Domaine Faiveley, Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru, Lavaut Saint-Jacques 6x750ml

£561 / CasePrices are In Bond excl. Duty & VAT

2011 Domaine Faiveley, Chambertin-Clos de Beze Grand Cru, Les Ouvrees Rodin 6x750ml

VM95-97
£4,125 / CasePrices are In Bond excl. Duty & VAT

2009 Domaine Faiveley, Corton Grand Cru, Clos des Cortons Faiveley 6x750ml

VM96
£1,430 / CasePrices are In Bond excl. Duty & VAT

2009 Domaine Faiveley, Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 6x750ml

VM92-94
£1,017 / CasePrices are In Bond excl. Duty & VAT

2018 Domaine Faiveley, Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru 1x750ml

JR17.5
£313 / BottlePrices are In Bond excl. Duty & VAT

2019 Domaine Faiveley, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 6x750ml

JR16.5RP95
£1,297 / CasePrices are In Bond excl. Duty & VAT

2020 Domaine Faiveley, Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru, La Combe d’Orveau 6x750ml

£838 / CasePrices are In Bond excl. Duty & VAT

2019 Domaine Faiveley, Musigny Grand Cru 1x750ml

RP96
£3,094 / BottlePrices are In Bond excl. Duty & VAT

2016 Domaine Faiveley, Musigny Grand Cru 1x750ml

VM94-96
£3,351 / BottlePrices are In Bond excl. Duty & VAT

2018 Domaine Faiveley, Latricieres-Chambertin Grand Cru 6x750ml

JR18RP95
£1,036 / CasePrices are In Bond excl. Duty & VAT

2011 Domaine Faiveley, Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 6x750ml

JR16.5VM90-93
£844 / CasePrices are In Bond excl. Duty & VAT

2015 Domaine Faiveley, Musigny Grand Cru 1x750ml

VM93-96
£3,282 / BottlePrices are In Bond excl. Duty & VAT

2020 Domaine Faiveley, Musigny Grand Cru 1x750ml

VM97
£2,707 / BottlePrices are In Bond excl. Duty & VAT

2021 Domaine Faiveley, Musigny Grand Cru 1x750ml

VM97
£3,769 / BottlePrices are In Bond excl. Duty & VAT

2012 Domaine Faiveley, Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru 1x3L

VM92+
£1,526 / BottlePrices are In Bond excl. Duty & VAT

2010 Domaine Faiveley, Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru 1x6L

VM93+
£2,536 / BottlePrices are In Bond excl. Duty & VAT

2021 Domaine Faiveley, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 6x750ml

VM93
£1,417 / CasePrices are In Bond excl. Duty & VAT

2015 Domaine Faiveley, Chambertin-Clos de Beze Grand Cru, Les Ouvrees Rodin 1×1.5L

VM94-97
£1,754 / BottlePrices are In Bond excl. Duty & VAT

2017 Domaine Faiveley, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 1x3L

RP95VM92
£1,218 / BottlePrices are In Bond excl. Duty & VAT

2019 Domaine Faiveley, Chambertin-Clos de Beze Grand Cru, Les Ouvrees Rodin 3x750ml

£2,034 / CasePrices are In Bond excl. Duty & VAT

2016 Domaine Faiveley, Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru 3×1.5L

JR18RP95VM97
£1,406 / CasePrices are In Bond excl. Duty & VAT