Faiveley Mercurey ‘Vieilles Vignes’ 2019
A true reflection of Mercurey terroirs. Faiveley Mercurey “Vieilles Vignes” (old vines) is made from vines in the Mercurey terroirs that are over thirty years old.
Medium garnet colour with bright red reflections. Exceptionally aromatic bouquet of morello cherry and pepper spice. Smooth mouthfeel with a delicate structure and silky, melting tannins. A fruity attack of ripe red berries, cherries and a touch of vanilla. Closes with a crisp finish.
100% Pinot Noir. The fruit comes from a Côte Chalonnaise village that takes it name from the God of Merchants, Mercury. The story goes that a temple was erected here in honour of this deity. A Roman road called ‘la voie Agrippa’ (Agrippa’s Road) crosses through Mercurey, which in Roman times linked Chalon-sur-Saône to Autun. Today, Mercurey is one of the largest wine regions in Bourgogne with over 600 hectares of vines. The Faiveley vineyard here has a south-eastern exposure and clay-limestone soils. These old vines were planted in 1962, 1978, 1981.
The grapes go through harvesting and sorting by hand. A portion of destemmed grapes and whole clusters are used to create the wines. Pumping over twice daily to extract colour, tannins and aromas from the skin of the grapes to the wines. After a 15–19 day vatting period, the alcoholic fermentation is complete. The free-run wine is run off using a gravity system, whilst the marc presses slowly and gently in order to extract an exceptionally pure press wine. The wine ages for 12 months in French oak barrels (10% of which are new oak). These barrels were specially selected for their fine grain and moderate toast. Finally, the wines are left to age in the Domaine Faiveley cellars at consistent, natural hygrometry and temperature.
Cellaring potential: 4–8 years.