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Mercurey “La Framboisière” Domaine Faiveley, Monopole 2012

Producer Information

This Burgundian domaine has been a family estate for nearly 200 years. Erwan Faiveley, 7th generation, took the reins in 2006 from his father when he was only 25. They have earned their reputation as one of Burgundy’s finest and most trusted, with an unparalleled selection from the Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune and Côte Chalonnaise totalling over 120 hectares.

Vineyards

This Côte Chalonnaise village gets its name from the God Mercury (God of Merchants). The story goes that a temple was erected here in honour of this deity. This climat La Framboisière produces wines with real character and is one of Faiveley’s highly reputed wines.

Total Surface Area: 11ha11a
Soil: Clay/Limestone

Domaine Faiveley surface area: 11ha11a – (27.46 acres)
Years the vines were planted: 1949, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1990
Average annual production: 65,500 bottles

Winemaking

To maintain all the freshness and quality of the grapes, they are pressed and vinified on site in Mercurey. Then the wine is brought to Nuits-Saint-Georges to be matured, in part, in oak barrels for 12-14 months, in nineteenth century vaulted cellars which provide ideal conditions for raising wines. The barrels come from high quality barrel makers and have been rigorously selected for their fine grain and light toast.

Vintage Information

Winter 2012 was quite mild, except for a period of intense cold early in February. After a mild and dry month of March, spring was very wet and quite cool. Abundant coulure and millerandage created loose and aerated clusters which operated as a natural yield regulation. August was superb, hot and dry except for a heavy rain in mid-August. September was cooler, but beautifully sunny and bright. The harvest brought grapes that were perfectly healthy with optimal maturity and great balance. The wines have a deep, dense colour, almost black. They give off aromas of red fruit, which are rich and intense. The tannins are elegant, ripe and supple and when combined with great acidity, produces wines which are remarkably balanced.

Tasting Note

This wine has a really fruity powerful nose, which mixes with generous red and black fruit aromas and woody notes. However, it is on the palate that it shows its full potential, where it is powerful and fleshy with flavours of raspberry and other very ripe red fruits, almost as if you were biting into them. Its structure is powerful, with velvety tannins and a very long and fruity finish.

Food Pairing

Grilled Meats, Cold Meats

Serving Suggestion

Serve between 14º-16ºC

Côte Chalonnaise, Premier Cru
100% Pinot Noir
Cork

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