The appellation "Côte de Beaune Villages" can be claimed for all the villages of the Côte de Beaune (all the communal AC), except for Aloxe-Corton, Beaune, Pommard and Volnay. Theoretically, it could be a blend of grapes coming from 16 different villages, but in practice they come from only a few.
As everywhere in the Côte d'Or, Pinot Noir is the only grape variety used in this appellation. The characteristic of the wine is that it is the result of a wide range of soil combination bringing great complexity to the ensemble.
Côte de Beaune Villages can be enjoyed when young after 2 years or so of age. It has a nice purple hue. The nose offers pretty and delicate flavours of red berries. It is a wonderful example of Burgundy Pinot Noir at a reasonable price.
A good Burgundy at a very good price. Not earth shattering, but tasty. Better than a lot of Pinot's at this price point.
This 2005 Domaine Faiveley Cote de Beaune Villages was just ok, not great by any means ... in other words skip it. I had a very good 2005 Pierre Morey, Bourgogne Pinot Noira few days before for about the same price. The Morey 2005 is the right example of great wine at bargin prices.