Mercurey “Clos du Roy” Domaine Faiveley 2016

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).  As the name of the wine indicates, this clos formerly belonged to the Kings of France.

Domaine Faiveley surface area: 2ha 54a – (6.28 acres)
Years the vines were planted: 1970, 1971, 1975, 1982
Yield: 40 hl/ha

Annual production: 5,300 bottles

Winemaking

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 hygrometry-controlled cellars at consistent, natural temperatures.

Vintage Information

The climatic conditions were very mixed in 2016. The harvests took place later than usual in order to allow the grapes to reach their optimum ripeness levels. Our wines present fruity aromas. The wines are smooth and fleshy. This promises to be a very distinctive vintage.

Tasting Note

The nose reveals notes of black and red fruits combined with subtle woody and smoky notes. The palate offers the same rich, fruity aromas as the nose. This full-bodied wine has a velvety tannic backbone which gives a sensation of warmth on the smooth finish.

Food Pairing

Fillet of beef with slow cooked vegetables, strawberry tart

Serving Suggestion

Serve between 14º-16ºC

Côte Chalonnaise, Premier Cru
100% Pinot Noir
Cork
Yes
Yes

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