2010 Domaine Faiveley Mercurey "Clos Rond"

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The Mercurey Clos Rond comes from a single vineyard in Mercurey. The name means "the Walled vineyard in that brambly area," derived from the local word "Ronde" instead of the more usual French "Ronce," meaning brambles. In a land where ownership is usually splintered, this vineyard is a rare case where the entire vineyard is under one owner, Domaine Faiveley. It lies on a gentle slope, with rich red-brown soil, with fairly high clay content and buried limestone beneath. The result is a Pinot Noir displaying rich, round fruit, both red and black, and just a hint of the earthiness for which Mercurey is known. When you combine this character with the bright spice and profound charm of the 2010 vintage, it's surprisingly delicious. The domaine recommends drinking this from four to eight years from vintage, if you can stand to wait. (Personally, I'll be drinking some much sooner). As Clive Coates writes about the Mercureys from Domaine Faiveley: "The same perfectionism is evident here as at Nuits-Saint-Georges. The recipe includes low yields, hand harvesting, a sever triage [sorting], the use of indigenous yeasts and relatively cool fermentation temperatures." We were excited to get a US exclusive on this wine for our wine club customers! (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/2/2013  | Send Email
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This Burgundy drinks well beyond its price point. A single walled vineyard monopole for Faiveley, Clos Rond is one of the premier sites in Mercurey. This wine shows why I like some many of the Cote Chalonaise wines in 2010. Many have that slight bit more generosity of flesh to balance the vintages abundant acid levels. Along with its pure fruited, elegant texture this wine shows some very interesting terroir nuances that I think propel it into another league of wine. One of my top picks for sub-$30 Burgundy.
Top Value! Drink from 2013 to 2025

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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France

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Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.