Nicolas FAURE

Burgundy, France

Few young vignerons exude talent beyond their years like Nicolas Faure. A one-man show—and true farmer at heart—Nicolas prioritizes work in the vines before anything else. Originally from Bordeaux, Nicolas had quite the trajectory of experience prior to founding his eponymous domaine in 2011. He first worked for Agnès Paquet back in 2006, followed by an internship at Domaine de la Romanée-Conti in 2007. Two years later, he worked alongside Jean-Louis Chave, then garnered international experience at Fromm Winery in New Zealand.

In 2010, Nicolas returned to Burgundy to work the vines at DRC, where he stayed until 2015. He now boasts the title of vineyard manager at his wife Amélie Berthaud’s property, Domaine Berthaud-Gerbet, while also spearheading his own project. Nicolas’ cellar is located in Meuilley, just behind the village of Nuits-Saint-Georges. Slowly but surely, he has been piecing together vineyard holdings across various sites in Burgundy, including a 100-year-old plot of Aligoté in the Hautes-Côtes, a plot in Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Herbues (his first acquirement), as well as a small site of Gamay in Premeaux.

Although not certified in organic or biodynamics (he does not believe in following strict regulations), Nicolas farms his plots with the utmost attention to detail, always prioritizing what’s best for the land first. A low-intervention mentality is used in the cellar, fermentations are done exclusively with native yeasts, and all reds are vinified with 100% whole clusters. The wines are aged between 8 and 16 months, depending on the cuvée, and no new oak is used. Only a small amount of sulfur is added when deemed necessary. All of Nicolas’ decisions are made very thoughtfully and purposefully based on what the vintage has provided. We have come across many new faces in Burgundy over the years, though few have made an impact on us like Nicolas. We are excited (and always curious!) to see what he does next.