Faiveley Mercurey 2019
Faiveley Mercurey 2019
None of Burgundy’s important houses have undergone a more radical evolution in recent years than Faiveley. WILLIAM KELLEY, Wine Advocate
Domaine Faiveley is one of the biggest domaines in Burgundy and, many would argue, one of the best. JASPER MORRIS, Inside Burgundy
[ON FRAMBOISIERE] As I’ve written before, this cuvée’s combination of quantity and quality—some 65,000 bottles are produced in a normal year—makes it a veritable gift to wine lovers. WILLIAM KELLEY, Wine Advocate
The wines that Domaine Faiveley are putting out today are remarkably impressive. Over the last decade, with the ambitious Erwan Faiveley as their general, the team at Faiveley has marched forward with the unwavering resolve of the Roman army, slowly but surely honing and gently reshaping the wines each vintage. Today, the wines are more focused, more concentrated, fresher and delivered with greater clarity than they have ever been. It’s a transformation that is a wonder to behold.
While this meteoric rise in quality if of course evident in the estate’s impressive Cote d’Or vineyard holdings, where it is paying surprising dividends is in their collection of Mercurey wines. These have long be regarded as smart picks by in-the-know punters and trade folk, but now they have climbed a few rungs on the quality ladder making them an irresistible buy for those looking for high quality Burgundy under the $100 mark.
The excellent 2019 vintage has bolstered these wines even further and so today as we look at these four offerings, we are looking at four of the best buys in Burgundy period.
The first wine is the impressive Clos Rochette Blanc, which comes from an 11 hectare monopole that was originally planted back in 1960. It’s safe to say that the Faiveleys know this patch of dirt with some intimacy and it shows, the wine brimming with energy and pure, mineral laden fruit, unimpeded by an over enthusiastic application of oak. A rolling back of excessive oak treatment has been a key driver for transformation at Domaine Faiveley.
Then there is the old vine Mercurey Rouge, the pushing off point for the Mercurey reds. It is sourced from 5 parcels dotted across the appellation with vines dating back as far as 1962. It’s fresh and energetic with the old vines delivering wonderful richness and concentration and a little more structure in 2019 than is typical for this release.
The Framboisiere is next and William Kelley notes that this is “The finest rendition of this cuvée that I’ve ever tasted”. That is particularly high praise given this wine, a monopole of the domaine since the early 30s, has long been a beacon of quality and consistency in Mercurey. In 2019 there is an extra dimension to this wine, deeper and more sinewy than previous incantations or as Kelley puts it “with all the charm but less of the frivolity”. This is still an approachable wine in nature, but now has some serious mid-term cellaring potential too.
The final wine is from one of the handful of premier cru holdings Faiveley have in Mercurey. This particular Clos has been owned by the family since the 70s and the 2019 iteration is a rich and enveloping wine of some proportion. It’s expansive and lavishly textured and will take a few years to settle in, but it has everything it needs to be a special bottle when the time comes.
This is as impressive a line-up of Faiveley Mercureys as I have seen and all come highly recommended. The added depth and muscle in 2019s gives these wines an edge that moves them beyond just great value and into great wines period. We are always looking for wines that over deliver for the price points, and that is perhaps hardest to find in Burgundy, and so we offer these wines with some excitement as you might imagine.
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Faiveley Mercurey Clos Rochette Blanc 2019
The 2019 Mercurey Blanc Clos Rochette bursts with aromas of pear, melon, fresh bread, citrus oil and hazelnuts. Medium to full-bodied, layered and fleshy, with fine concentration and chalky structure, it concludes with a long, mouthwatering finish. WILLIAM KELLEY, Wine Advocate2019chardonnayFrance358Special Price $55.00 Regular Price $64.00 As low as $52.00
Faiveley Mercurey Vieilles Vignes Rouge 2019
The 2019 Mercurey Vieilles Vignes offers up inviting aromas of raspberries, plums, spices and rich soil tones. Medium to full-bodied, melting and succulent, with lively acids and powdery tannins, it's produced from 30 or so hectares of vineyards and sees 13 months in barrels, 10% of which are new. WILLIAM KELLEY, Wine Advocate2017Pinot noirFrance358Special Price $54.00 Regular Price $63.00 As low as $51.00
Faiveley Mercurey La Framboisiere 2019The finest rendition of this cuvée that I've ever tasted, Faiveley's 2019 Mercurey La Framboisière wafts from the glass with aromas of sweet berry fruit, warm spices, rose petals and plums. Medium-bodied, fleshy and precise, with lively acids and excellent depth at the core, it's deep and unusually serious, with all the charm but less of the frivolity that this cuvée has historically displayed. It derives from an 11-hectare parcel—part of which was planted in 1990 and the rest of which is old massal selections—that was vinified with 15% whole cluster and matured in 20% new oak. WILLIAM KELLEY, Wine Advocate2019Pinot noirFrance358Special Price $66.00 Regular Price $77.00 As low as $62.00
Faiveley Mercurey Le Clos du Roy 2019 1er
Aromas of plums, spices, incense and soil tones, framed by a touch of toasty new oak, introduce the 2019 Mercurey 1er Cru Clos du Roy, a medium to full-bodied, layered and velvety wine that's fleshy and concentrated, with fine, powdery tannins and lively acids. This is an enveloping, gourmand wine from a 2.6-hectare parcel. WILLIAM KELLEY, Wine Advocate2019Pinot noirFrance358Special Price $79.00 Regular Price $92.00 As low as $74.00
|Faiveley Mercurey 2019||REG. PRICE||SPECIAL||ORDER||TOTAL|
|Faiveley Mercurey La Framboisiere 2019||$77.00||$66.00|
|Faiveley Mercurey Vieilles Vignes Rouge 2019||$63.00||$54.00|
|Faiveley Mercurey Le Clos du Roy 2019 1er||$92.00||$79.00|
|Faiveley Mercurey Clos Rochette Blanc 2019||$64.00||$55.00|
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