Domaine Faiveley Mercurey Vieilles Vignes – Pinot Noir; Côte Chalonnaise, France; 2022 

 July 5, 2024

By  rackhouse

This Côte Chalonnaise village takes its name from the god Mercury (God of trade). Mercurey is intersected by the Agrippa road which linked Chalon-sur-Saône to Autun in the Roman era. The wines of Mercurey have given this village its reputation throughout the world. For centuries, Domaine Faiveley’s extensive holdings in Mercurey have produced exceptional expressions from the appellation. With up to sixty-year-old vines, the wine presents great concentration and structure.

This 100% Pinot Noir sees partial whole cluster fermentation with twice daily pump-overs for a 15-19 day vatting period. The wines are pumped over twice daily in order to extract color, tannins, and aromas from the skin of the grapes. The wine is barrel-aged for 12 months in French oak barrels, with 10% being new oak.

The “vieilles vignes” (old vines) are up to sixty years old and produce an exceptionally aromatic wine that offers a true reflection of its Mercurey terroirs. The palate reveals a smooth, fruity attack and evolves towards notes of ripe red berries and a touch of vanilla. An intensely aromatic wine with a delicate structure and silky smooth tannins that will win over wine experts and amateurs alike.

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