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2005 Domaine Faiveley Mercurey 1er Cru "Clos des Myglands" Monopole 1.5L

2005 Domaine Faiveley Mercurey 1er Cru "Clos des Myglands" Monopole

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Score: 87-90
Tasted: Jan 01, 2007
Drink: 2012+
Issue: 25
Producer note: I met on this visit with François Faiveley's son Erwan, who was being groomed to eventually assume control the presidency of this now seven generation domaine (established in 1825), has now acceded to that very position. And as I reported in Issue 23, the former managing director of Bouchard Père et Fils, M. Bernard Hervet, has been hired as the new CEO of Domaine Faiveley, reporting to Erwan Faiveley, was present as well. For the record, M. Hervet will not begin in his new position until January 1st;, he is spending time "familiarizing" himself with Faiveley's operations and personnel. Both of them profess to be "very happy with 2005. Quality is exceptionally consistent almost no matter the appellation though at Domaine Faiveley, Gevrey is the star as the wines just seem to have an extra dimension. Yields were relatively normal except for Echézeaux where there was early hail damage that did not affect quality but did reduce quantity. The harvest was very clean as there was almost no triage to do and we had good sugars that ranged between 11.5 and 13%. The malos were slow and long and many did not finish until September and while it's too soon to be sure, we may delay the bottling a month or two as a result." In my view 2005 is a great vintage for Faiveley though as with any domaine with a range this large, some wines are more successful than others. Still, provided that you're prepared to allow the wines to age for the most part at least 10 years, they should absolutely be on your short list of wines to buy this vintage

Tasting note: Easily the most elegant of these three Mercurey examples with pretty raspberry and cherry aromas that precede supple, precise and sweet flavors supported by firm and mouth coating tannins and excellent length. This is a little dry on the finish at present and will need time to fully round out.

87-90 Points - Burghound

Producer: Domaine Faiveley
Website: www.domaine-faiveley.com

Price: $161.99
Sale Price: $129.99

Availability: 10

Available Vintages:
2005(1.5L)  2009(1.5L)  

Varietal: Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir is responsible for some of the world’s finest wines. Famed for producing the red wines of Burgundy and the Côte d’Or in particular, it is now widely grown in cool climates across Califonia and Oregon, and with increasing success in New Zealand. Although typically used to produce varietal wines, Pinot Noir makes a significant contribution in the wines of Champagne, where it is vinified as a white wine and blended with Cardonnay and Pinot Meunier. On the whole, fresh summer fruit of strawberries, raspberries and red cherries tend to be the identifying qualities, however richer versions express darker fruit including black cherries (kirsch), cherry cola, leather and violets to name a few.

Country: France
A country viewed by many as the home of fine wine, it is almost unique in terms of how embedded food and wine is in the nations culture. Given the diverse geography, with so much of the country providing the climate and soil suitable for viticulture, it is no surprise that its produces such an extensive and varied selection of wines. It is the country from where the vast majority of the New World's most popular "international" grapes and stylistic influences originate. While there might seem to be an alarming disparity between the most sought after wines (were a case might set you back as much as a deposit on a small house) and the millions of gallons of vin de table filling up the European wine lake every year, there is so much great value to be found between the two extremes. Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, and the Rhone may still dominate the market for fine wine, but regions including the Loire, Alsace, Languedoc & Roussillon and the South West are increasingly becoming excellent sources of good quality, affordable wines.

Region: Burgundy
Two hundred miles south east of Paris lies the famous and historic wine region, known in French as Bourgogne. The Cote d'Or, the heartland of the region, consists of two distinct sub-regions split on either side of the town of Beaune.The Côte de Nuits to the north, includes the famous villages of Vosne-Romanee, Gevrey-Chambertin, and Nuits-Saint-Georges and are known primarily for making red wine from Pinot Noir.Although The Côte de Beaune to the south still makes some magnificent reds (see Volnay and Pommard), white wine made from Chardonnay is the main focus. The most famous villages are Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault. Burgundy has three other important regions. The village of Chablis (exclusively Chardonnay) encompassing the region's most northerly vineyards. The Côte Chalonnaise and Mâconnais to south are quantitatively speaking more important. Agriculture is more diverse with a significant portion of the land devoted to livestock and arable farming.

Sub-Region: Mercurey
Mercurey wine is produced in the communes of Mercurey and Saint-Martin-sous-Montaigu in the Côte Chalonnaise subregion of Burgundy. The Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) Mercurey may be used for red and white wine with respectively Pinot noir and Chardonnay as the main grape variety. The production of red wine dominates, with almost 80 per cent. There are 32 Premier Cru vineyards within Mercurey AOC, but no Grand Cru vineyards exist in this part of Burgundy.[1] The AOC was created in 1936.[2]

Type: Red
Red wine is wine made from dark-coloured grape varieties. The color of red differs based on the grapes variety or varieties used. Interestingly, black grapes yield a juice that is greenish-white. The actual red color comes from anthocyan pigments (also called anthocyanins) from the skin of the grape (exceptions are the relatively uncommon teinturier varieties, which produce a red colored juice). Most of the production centers around the extraction of color and flavor from the grape skin.