There may not be enough superlatives to describe the 2015 Red Burgundy vintage. From what we have tasted so far and what’s been written by the critics, we know this is a vintage to stock up on and enjoy. Prominent winemakers in Burgundy have likened it to a blend of the 2003 and 2005 vintages. That means it has all the fruit, but it also has terrific balance and structure. The wines of Mercurey tend to be a bit tannic and hard, so when we have a warmer vintage like this with riper fruit, they show wonderfully when young, with structure and bright dark berry fruit. The 2015 Domaine Faiveley Mercurey “Clos Rond” Monopole is hand harvested. Each year the proportion of de-stemmed and whole cluster changes depending on the vintage characteristics. The wine is aged for 12 months in French oak of which 10% is new. The barrels were chosen for their fine grain and medium toast. The wine is a deep ruby red in color with aromas of red fruits and spice. On the palate the wine is firm, with notes of fresh berries, graphite and spice. The tannins are silky smooth and the finish is long and harmonious. This wine will pair well with beef short ribs or a charcuterie plate.
By: Andrew Stevens
K&L Staff Member
I really enjoyed this bottling in the 2014 vintage and while I had good expectations about the wine, I was really pleasantly surprised when I tasted the new vintage. Beautiful fruit of red cherry and raspberry are indicative of the ripeness of the 2015 vintage. Although the fruit is showing nicely there is still plenty of acid and some lovely spice notes to balance everything out. Toward the finish there is a very fun somewhat hard minerality that helps to anchor the wine. All in all the balance was spectacular and everything in this wine worked together.
By: Joe Manekin
K&L Staff Member
The wines at Faiveley have been improving dramatically over the past decade, though perhaps it takes a vintage as successful as 2015 to clearly illustrate how far these wines have come. Aromas and flavors of freshly pressed raspberries are friendly but not simple or one dimensional, just really tasty and satisfying. A fine Pinot Noir to drink now or cellar for several years.
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