In a nutshell: A nicely aromatic and well balanced Côte Chalonnaise red Burgundy.
The lowdown: Mercurey is the major Côte Chalonnaise village and produces mainly red wines for which it's justly renowned. The vines used in this cuvée are over thirty years old and regularly produce very aromatic wines. The wine is aged for twelve months in French oak which helps impart the silky tannins that balance the generous fruitiness and gentle spiciness very well.
When to drink: A wine well suited for drinking young and makes a great match to beef and games dishes and ripe soft cheeses.
Domaine Faiveley, based in Nuits-Saint-Georges since 1825, has remained in the same family and has always been completely independent. Today Erwan Faiveley is one of the youngest directors of a Burgundy Domaine. Erwan is keen to respect the traditions and savoir-faire of the Faiveley family, while paying great attention to the professionals around him, as his vision for the future begins to take shape. The domaine is one of the largest vineyard owners in Burgundy. Almost self-sufficient, Faiveley makes 80% of its wines with fruit grown in the familys vineyards and nearly all of its Côte dOr wines. They own a total of 125 hectares including 30 hectares in Côte de Nuits, 15 hectares in Côte de Beaune and 75 hectares in Côte Chalonnaise. These vineyard holdings include 10 Grand Crus and 20 Premier Crus spread over 16 villages. In the Côte Chalonnaise, Faiveley owns one of the largest Domaines in Mercurey. The Faiveleys firmly believe that the quality of the wine comes first from the fruit. Faiveley keep yields to a minimum through the controlled use of organic fertiliser and strict pruning. The development of rootstocks suited to specific soil types together with a high average vine age in the Faiveley vineyards also contributes to low yields. The finished wines are classic Burgundies with wonderful longevity, aromatics and a unique, elegant style.