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2002 Mercurey Clos Rond Domaine Faiveley (750ml)
Producer: Domaine Faiveley bourgognes-faiveley.com
Appellation: Mercurey - Côte Chalonnaise - France (AOC)
Type: red
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Maturity: Drink
Rating: n/a
Est. Price: US$20.00
Related Ratings:
rated (2011 vintage, 750ml bottle) : June 13, 2014 , K&L Wine Merchants klwines.com
"The Mercurey Clos Rond comes from a single vineyard in Mercurey. The name means "the walled vineyard in that brambly area," derived from the local word "Ronde" instead of the more usual French "Ronce," meaning brambles. In a land where ownership is usually splintered, this vineyard is a rare case where the entire vineyard is under one owner, Domaine Faiveley. It lies on a gentle slope, with rich red-brown soil, a fairly high clay content and buried limestone beneath. The result is a Pinot Noir displaying rich, round fruit, both red and black, and just a hint of the earthiness for which Mercurey is known. When you combine this character with the bright spice and profound depth of the 2011 vintage, it's surprisingly delicious. The domaine recommends drinking this from four to eight years from vintage, if you can stand to wait. (Personally, I'll be drinking some much sooner, and keeping some for later). As Clive Coates writes about the Mercureys from Domaine Faiveley: "The same perfectionism is evident here as at Nuits-Saint-Georges. The recipe includes low yields, hand harvesting, a severe triage [sorting], the use of indigenous yeasts and relatively cool fermentation temperatures." We were excited to get a US exclusive on this wine for our wine club customers! (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer)"