Faiveley Mercurey Clos Rochette Blanc 2018
Domaine Faiveley is on a roll right now! It seems like everything they touch under the new generation of Erwan Faiveley turns to vinous gold. Of course wine Geekdom dictates we only focus on the quality of the Domaine’s remarkable stable of Cote D’Or 1er and Grand Cru offerings but there is no wine that has missed the freshened up styling that brings fruit and terroir signature to centre stage. So it is with their superb range of affordable Burgundies from Mercurey and, while the wines from here have always proved great value for the canny Burg buyer, the most recent wines have moved to an even higher realm of quality, ergo value.
Last Tuesday we tasted the ridiculously great value Clos Rochette Blanc 2018 and I have to say there would be few better value white Burgundies on the market. The vineyard is an 11 hectare monopole and was originally planted back in 1960. As such, it made the Faiveley family one of the more prescient of their cohort, understanding before most the potential of this area just 20 minutes south of Chassagne Montrachet. All the fermentation is done in the home cellars at Nuits St Georges with the most salient point to make about the process being that elevage in oak is kept to a minimum, amplifying the energy and immediacy of the mineral laden fruit.