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.
The fragrant nose of raspberries with some floral notes pulls you into this medium-bodied, supple and elegant Mercurey that’s already delightful to drink, but also has the potential to age for some years, thanks the ripe, gentle tannins. Drink or hold. Rating: 91 Points; James Suckling
The finest rendition of this cuvée that I've ever tasted, Faiveley's 2019 Mercurey La Framboisière wafts from the glass with aromas of sweet berry fruit, warm spices, rose petals and plums. Medium-bodied, fleshy and precise, with lively acids and excellent depth at the core, it's deep and unusually serious, with all the charm but less of the frivolity that this cuvée has historically displayed. It derives from an 11-hectare parcel—part of which was planted in 1990 and the rest of which is old massal selections—that was vinified with 15% whole cluster and matured in 20% new oak. Date: Jul 2021; Drink: 2022-2042; Rating: 91 Points; William Kelley; Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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