2009 Domaine Faiveley Mercurey Clos des Myglands 1er Cru

Year: 2009
Appellation: Cote de Beaune
Country: France
Vinous Media: 85-87
Burghound: 88-91
Los Angeles Times: Wine of the Week 12/15/11
Red Wine
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"($41) Good deep red. Deep but reticent nose. Fatter, sweeter and richer than the Framboisiere, but showing less primary fruit and more menthol today. Suave in texture but not yet expressing itself. Dominated today by its firm tannic structure. Probably better than it's showing today." (IWC)

"Here the nose is similar if slightly more elegant with good freshness that also characterizes the energetic middle weight flavors that are so well balanced that this could easily be enjoyed now though I would be inclined to wait. This is well worth a look, particularly for value." (BH)


Though I’ve been tasting wines from the township of Mercurey for decades this may be the first time I have ever recommended a wine from this area. Why? Because they are often light to a fault and if not too light are just too one dimensional to be recommended even at their lower cost. That is until; I came across this remarkable Mercurey from the fabulous 2009 vintage. The wine comes from the Clos des Myglands vineyard in Mercurey, a vineyard belonging entirely to the (greatly improved) Burgundy firm of Faiveley (hence the use of the word “Monopoly” on the label). This vineyard classified as a Premier Cru, which is as high a ranking as Cote de Chalonnaise vineyard can receive. The Cote de Chalonnaise is the Burgundy commune just south of the Cote d’Or, with the Chalonnaise most noted wines com¬ing from the townships of Mercurey, Rully, and Givry (not to be confused with Gevrey as in Gevrey Chambertin).

This ’09 has a deep ruby color and classic Pinot Noir aromas and flavors of currants, strawberries, truffles and of course that obvious but difficult to define typical character of Burgundian Pinot Noir. Already very enjoyable, it will even gain with a year or so of further aging and keep well until the later years of this decade.

If you are wondering why the township of Mercury bears the name of the Roman messenger of the Gods (the guy with the winged helmet). It’s because around 2000 years ago there was a temple dedicated to Mercury in this part of Gaul ruled by the conquering Romans.

RATING: 91/92

PRICE: $29.95

WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co

(Martin's Guide to Wine Bargains)

"It's not often that you find a premier cru Burgundy of this quality at this price. I still can't quite believe it. Beautifully balanced, with a silken texture and subtly ripe flavors of plum and cherries, the 2009 Faiveley Mercurey "Clos des Myglands" would make any Burgundy lover very happy.

Erwan Faiveley, the seventh generation of his family to run Domaine Faiveley, hit it out of the park with this one. Drink it with a roast chicken, skirt steak or veal schnitzel. It actually would go with almost anything, including salmon or tuna. Or dress it up with a bow and bring it to a holiday dinner party." -S. Irene Virbila (LA TIMES)

Winery Notes:
Domaine Faiveley combines the principles of modern winemaking methods with the time honored traditions that have been practiced for centuries within their 19th century cellars. Each terroir and each vintage, benefits from special attention which makes the cuvées unique. Each bottle therefore becomes the faithful reflection of its terroir.

Terroir: Another of Domaine Faiveley's famed monopoles, 1er Cru Clos de Myglands (mee-glaund) is a 14 acre parcel located south of the village of Mercurey and adjacent to Faiveley's lieu-dit La Framboisiere. Vines here date back to 1961 and are planted in a mixture of clay and limestone soils.

Vinification: Grapes are hand harvested, sorted and pressed on site in Mercurey. Following vinification the young wines are brought to the domaine cellars in Nuits-St-Georges for aging. The wine is aged in a combination of stainless steel and oak for 12 to 14 months prior to release. Approximately 1/3 of the oak is first use.

Vines planted in: 1963-1992

Average Production: 35,400 bottles