Just Arrived 2015 Faiveley & Victorian Icon; Craiglee

by Hugh French | May 03, 2018


Just Arrived 2015 Faiveley Reds and a Victorian Icon; Craiglee

This week at MW we've got some new Faiveley cuvees from the unmissable 2015 vintage in Burgundy. We also have the newly released 2014 Shiraz and 2016 Chardonnay from one of our favourite Victorian producers, Craiglee.

All wines below are available now at our special offer prices for the next 7 days only. To place your order return the attached form, by email, by fax on 03 9419 6970 or by or calling us on 03 9419 6990.







Erwan Faiveley described 2015 as a "great vintage for quality but not for quantity because there was a lot of shatter during the flowering. We chose to begin picking on the 2nd of September and overall the fruit was as clean as I have ever seen. Potential alcohols were excellent coming in as they did between 13 and 14%. Yields were quite disparate at between 25 and 35 hl/ha with very thick skins that naturally gave us high solid to liquid ratios. As such we were very careful with the vinifications as it would have been very easy to over-extract the reds. Moreover because the stems were ripe and clean, we used more whole clusters than usual, which is to say between 25 and 30% for almost 75% of our wines. We also chose to lower the proportion of new wood somewhat with the balance being mostly from one year old wood. As to quality, I would say that 2015 was better in the Côte de Nuits than the Côte de Beaune and particularly from Chambolle to Gevrey. But I am also exceptionally happy with the quality of the reds from the Côte Chalonnaise."

Since the internal decision was taken to change many things about the Faiveley wines in 2007, the wines have steadily improved and in particular have become more consistent. Acquisitions have of course helped as have new equipment (in particular the new vertical presses) along with throwing out much of the older oak that was giving inelegant tannins. The very fine quality of the Faiveley 2015s is of course partially due to the excellence of the vintage but I credit their commitment to raising the standard of their game as well. By the way, for those readers searching for a good, and serious, value play, considering picking up some of the Mercurey "Clos du Roy"; I believe that you will be impressed by the quality.
Allen Meadows, Burghound

2015 Gevrey-Chambertin V.V.
This is the first Gevrey-Chambertin VV from Faiveley and they picked a hell of a year to do it. 2015 was a stunning vintage and this wine reflects it immensely, with an array of rich red fruits, subtle meaty notes and classic Gevrey structure. The palate is long, the power moderate and the acidity tight and focused. Faiveley drinkers would be all too familiar with bargains from this Domaine and this is no exception. Drink from now through to 2030.
Mick Dowling, MW Wines

2015 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru 'Lavaux St. Jacques'
A distinctly earthy, cool and ripe nose flashes notes of red and black cherries nuanced by hints of smoke, the sauvage and crushed herb. Interestingly, the powerful and very serious middle weight flavors are relatively refined thanks to the dense but fine-grained tannins that shape the punchy, intense and stony finish that is presently youthfully austere. This is also built-to-age and is going to need it. Sweet Spot, Outstanding.
Allen Meadows, Burghound Issue 65, 92-94 points

2015 Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru 'Aux Chaignots'
A markedly floral nose offers up notes of herbal tea, earth, spice and both red and dark cherry nuances. There is both excellent volume and mid-palate concentration to the refined and lightly mineral-inflected flavors that possess focused power on the elegant and lingering finale. This is picture perfect Chaignots that should be approachable after only a few years of cellaring if that's your preference. Outstanding.
Allen Meadows, Burghound Issue 65, 91-93 points

2015 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru 'Les Cazetiers'

Deeply pitched aromas of newly turned earth and animale notes characterize the brooding but notably ripe spiced plum and red berry fruit nose. The rich, full-bodied and tautly muscled flavors exhibit buckets of sappy dry extract that all but disguises the firm tannic spine on the immensely long and explosive finish. Cazetiers doesn't get a whole lot better than this. Sweet Spot, Outstanding.
Allen Meadows, Burghound Issue 65, 92-95 points

2015 Corton Grand Cru 'Clos des Corton Faiveley'

This too is extremely ripe yet manages to avoid any sense of surmaturité on the once again liqueur-like aromas of black cherry, cassis, anise and lilac scents. This is a massive wine, with simply huge mid-palate concentration, power and muscle that terminates just like the Rodin in a borderline painfully intense finale that both coats the palate and lasts for minutes. I take considerable pains to point out however that this ultra-structured and overtly austere effort is not only built for the long haul but for the very long haul. I have suggested an initial drinking window of 25 years from now but it may very well be 30 to 40. In sum, this is very old school Corton. Don't Miss!
Allen Meadows, Burghound Issue 65, 94-96 points

2015 Latricieres-Chambertin Grand Cru

A ripe yet airy and cool nose offers up aromas of essence of red and dark raspberry with plenty of floral influence along with subtle spice, earth and herbal tea nuances. There is terrific concentration to the rich and remarkably concentrated medium weight plus flavors that brim with both minerality and sappy dry extract, all wrapped in a saline, balanced and highly persistent finish that just doesn't stop. I often have a very small preference for the Mazis chez Faiveley but in 2015 the Latricières may very well better it. Don't Miss!
Allen Meadows, Burghound Issue 65, 93-96 Points

2015 Chambertin Grand Cru 'Clos de Beze'

Discreet but not invisible wood serves as a backdrop for the airy, ripe and very pure red and dark cherry, earth and wonderfully broad-ranging spice notes. There is terrific punch to the big, robust, tautly structured and well-muscled flavors that ooze with minerality and buckets of mid-palate sap that buffers the prominent tannic spine on the youthfully austere finish. This massively long effort should age glacially but gracefully for several decades. Don't Miss!
Allen Meadows, Burghound Issue 65, 93-96 points

2015 Chambertin Grand Cru 'Clos de Beze - Ouvrees Rodin'

Here the wood and menthol influences are a good deal less subtle and while they don't dominate the even spicier and slightly riper liqueur-like cassis, plum and herbal tea aromas, they're certainly in the way. Otherwise the succulent and opulent massively-scaled flavors possess seemingly endless reserves of dry extract that make the mid-palate and finish of this very firmly structured and almost painfully intense effort appear almost pliant. But make no mistake as this too is very clearly built for the very long haul and I wouldn't touch a bottle for at least 15 years and 20 may ultimately prove to be too soon. Don't Miss!
Allen Meadows, Burghound Issue 65, 94-97 points







Initially founded in 1863,Pat Carmondy and his wife Dianne reanimated the original Craiglee site in the early 1970s. The 2018 vintage represents Pat's 40th in a row, a rare feat by anyone's standards and gives credence to how well these wines just keep on keeping on over the decades. Pat and Dianne have been rewarded for their meticulous approach to viticulture and wine making by the production of fine and balanced, cool climate wines that are consistently released to critical acclaim. In an industry which sees so many great wines released ridiculously early it is a pleasure to see someone with the patience to wait until they're more approachable and that's exactly what Craiglee does. Further to that we think they're pretty smart too!
Hugh French, MW Wines

2014 Shiraz

Has the guile that is at the heart of Craiglee style, the flavours fresh, with more red fruit than black, an omnipresent pinch of spice, and a splash of licorice and forest all combining to seduce the senses before you register the underlying intensity and length of the fruit. Tannins and French oak are also present, but it's not until the finish and aftertaste that they leave their mark
James Halliday, The Wine Companion, 97 points

2016 Chardonnay

Craiglee is famous for its shiraz, but the whites can also be excellent. This has creamy yeasty lees, cashew nut and white peach aromas, while the palate is rich and complex with good balance, length and slight grip. Oak has been absorbed into the harmony of the wine.
Huon Hooke, Gourmet Traveller Wine, 94 points




These wines are available now at our special offer prices for the next 7 days only. To place your order return theattached form, byemail, by fax on 03 9419 6970 or by or calling us on 03 9419 6990.



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