Robert Parker 88
Faiveley believes the 1990s are the finest wines the firm has produced in several decades. Consumers will be happy to know that not only is there a bevy of top wines, but many of them are priced below what Faiveley the last two vintages. The international recession has hit Burgundy as hard as Bordeaux, so it is not surprising to see many producers cut prices by as much as 40% in order to sell their wines. Of course, much of these savings is lost to Americans because of our pathetically weak dollar. There are a half-dozen selections from the village of Nuits St.-Georges, all of which are at least excellent, some outstanding. Surprisingly, the Nuits St.-Georges-Les Porets St.-Georges is less powerful than the Clos de la Marechale. It is a medium-bodied wine, with a rich, spicy nose, and a more linear, compact style. There is plenty of character, but most of the wine’s quality can be sensed at the rear of the mouth – always a good sign for the future. Nevertheless, Les Porets St.-Georges is not nearly as flashy as the Clos de la Marechale. No one can dispute the fact that Les Damodes is a terrific premier cru vineyard. Importers: Henry Cavalier Selections, Boulder, CO and Ideal Wines, Medford, MA.