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2018 Domaine Faiveley Mercurey Rouge

SKU #1473612 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Offering up an inviting bouquet of cherries, raspberries, sweet soil tones and subtle hints of smoked meats, the 2018 Mercurey Vieilles Vignes is medium to full-bodied, bright and lively, its pure core of fruit girdled by velvety tannins and tangy acids. Once again, this has turned out beautifully and represents a fine example of the appellation. 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. (WK) Inner quote mark (6/2020)

K&L Notes

From the producer: "2018 is an early ripening vintage. We began the harvests on the 27th of August in the Côte Chalonnaise with our Mercurey and in te Côte de beaune with our « Clos des Cortons Faiveley » Grand Cru. The harvests came to a close on the 15th of September. The vines displayed excellent health conditions, the clusters were dense and perfectly ripe. 2018 is a very classic vintage that can be enjoyed in its youth and is already drinking beautifully. Exposition: South-East; Soil: Clay-limestone; Surface Area: 27 ha 25 a (67,33 Acres); Planted in 1962, 1978, 1981. Deep ruby red in colour with notes of fresh red fruits and spice on the nose. This wine is a pleasure to drink thanks to its smooth, fruity attack and delicate, silky tannins. This well-balanced and intensely aromatic wine will win over wine experts and amateurs alike."


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