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.
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
When the grapes reach perfect maturity, they are harvested in small boxes and transported to our winery in Mercurey. The grapes are sorted and destemmed without being crushed and put in vats with small stainless steel boxes. The grapes are cooled: it is the pre-fermentation maceration. Then, alcoholic fermentation lasts about 10 days and is directly followed by racking. The free run wine flows by gravity and the marc is placed in the pneumatic press with a lift. The press wine is filtered and blended to the free run wine. The wine is then aged 100% oak barrels with 30% of new oak. Ageing lasts 11 months.
The wines are racked in Mercurey, transported to Nuits-Saint-Georges and put back in vat before being bottled at the headquarters of Domaine Faiveley.
The reds have a wonderful concentration and a nice tannic structure. Their colour is deep ruby. The 2012 vintage is characterized by freshness, remarkable balance and delicate aromas of fresh fruit, black cherry and raspberry. This will be a vintage capable of a good aging capacity. The villages are already superb with savoury flavours of raspberry and morello cherry.
On the nose, scents of small red fruits mix pleasantly with spicy and woody aromas, which come from the wine being raised traditionally in oak. This wine is very nicely balanced on the palate. Its rich aromas blend marvellously with its tannins, giving a wine which is greedy and full of body.
Game, Red Meats
Serve between 14º-16ºC
Côte Chalonnaise, Premier Cru
100% Pinot Noir