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Domaine Faiveley Mercurey 1er Cru ‘Le Clos du Roy’ 2019

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  • Domaine Faiveley excels in these lesser-known crus
  • Comparable structure to a Nuits-Saint-Georges
  • Cellaring potential 7-10 years

‘This small parcel, known as a ‘clos’, formerly belonged to the Kings of France. It was considered as one of the appellation’s best parcels and was purchased by the Faiveley family in 1971. This wine could be compared to a Côte de Nuits village in terms of its delicate tannins and length on the palate.

The grapes are cut harvested and sorted by hand. The proportion of de-stemmed grapes and whole clusters varies depending on the vintage. The wines are pumped over twice daily in order to extract colour, tannins and aromas from the skin of the grapes. After a 15 to 19 day vatting period, the alcoholic fermentation is complete. The free-run wine is run off using a gravity system whilst the marc is pressed slowly and gently in order to extract an exceptionally pure press wine. The wines are aged for 15 months in French oak barrels (30% of which are new oak) which have been selected for their fine grain and moderate toast. The wines are left to age in our cellars at consistent, natural hygrometry and temperature.

The nose exudes small red fruits combined with notes of oak and spice. The palate offers good balance, rich aromas and delicate tannins resulting in a very distinctive wine with exceptional aromatic persistency.’ – Domaine Faiveley

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William Kelly

Wafting from the glass with aromas of black cherries, cassis, raw cocoa and subtle spices, the 2018 Mercurey 1er Cru Clos du Roy is medium to full-bodied, supple and enveloping, its deep core of fruit framed by succulent acids and velvety tannins. This is quite a lavish, gourmand Clos du Roy from Faiveley in the making, but it will require a little bottle age to reach its peak.

As I wrote last year, the Faiveley family first produced wine from rented vines in Mercurey in 1933, finally beginning to acquire land there three decades later. Today, with over 72 hectares to their name, they number equally among the Côte Chalonnaise’s most important landholders and its qualitative reference points, so I’m happy to resume coverage of their wines in these pages. Unsurprisingly, the style bears a certain resemblance with the contemporary Faiveley style as expounded in the Côte d’Or: that’s to say, pure and precise wines that no longer display any trace of structural asperity for which the house was once known and often carry a judicious veneer of new oak in their youth.

The Faiveley reds and whites from Mercurey, Montagny and Rully are more immediately accessible and see less new wood, but they play off the same themes and rank among the region’s finest. What’s more, the domaine’s significant holdings mean that many of these bottlings are unusually accessible by Burgundian standards.’ – William Kelly, The Wine Advocate