Based in Nuits-St-Georges, the famous Domaine Faiveley was founded in 1825 and in more recent times, the domaine has greatly expanded its vineyards across the entire Cote d'Or. The grapes are entirely destemmed and fermented in a mix of new wooden vats for the top end wines and stainless steel for the lesser cuvées. Once notorious for being fairly austere, there has been less emphasis on extraction over the last ten years and the wines show increased freshness, purity of fruit and more judicious use of oak. A contender for one of the most improved domaines in Burgundy over the last decade.
The 27 acre vineyard La Framboisière is a monopole of Domaine Faiveley and is located in the heart of Mercurey’s 1er Crus to the northeast of the village. Vines date back as far as 1949 and are planted in soils of clay and limestone.
Tightly wound, yet dense, with flavors of cherry, currant, sandalwood, olive and sweet spices, this is intense and persistent on the lingering aftertaste. Finely wrought and balanced. Best from 2021 through 2033. Date Tasted: Sept 2019; Rating: 93 Points; Bruce Sanderson; Wine Spectator
There are fully 40,000 bottles of the delightful 2017 Mercurey La Framboisière, a pure and expressive wine that bursts with aromas of cassis, raspberries, candied peel, spices and licorice. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, satiny and succulent, with a lavish attack, melting tannins and a nicely concentrated core of fruit. The combination of quality and quantity is rare in Burgundy, so this cuvée is a gift to wine lovers. Tasted: Jan 2019; Rating: 90 Points; William Kelley; Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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