Deep black plums on the nose with some spices and licorice. Serious concentration for this appellation. There is a nice freshness lifting the firm body and giving the long, spice and licorice finish a light touch. If you can't afford a top Côte de Nuits wine, this is a very good alternative. Drink or hold.
A discreet application of wood sets off the pretty array of plum, earth and red and dark currant scents. There is a bit more volume to the medium-bodied flavors that possess a velvety mid-palate while delivering better persistence on the ever-so-slightly rustic finish. This too is quite good.
The 2016 Mercurey 1er Cru Clos des Myglands is showing well, exhibiting pretty aromas of cherries, raspberries and spices, followed by a medium-bodied, supple and succulent palate with a charming, open-knit profile and a moderately intense finish. It's a fine Mercurey, though the qualitative leap between this and the redder-fruited Framboisière is less pronounced than it sometimes is. This was an impressive tasting with Eve and Erwan Faiveley and able winemaker Jérôme Flous. Likening the vintage to "a broader-shouldered 2007," a judgment with which I wholeheartedly concur, Flous presented a selection of some of the 2017 portfolio's high points. Supple, expressive and nicely integrated, the reds showed very well; and the two whites were simply superb. I also revisited a selection of 2016s at my office in the United States, wines that are more classically balanced and seemingly more consistent than Faiveley's 2015s. I'll be reporting more on the winemaking and vineyard changes that have ushered in a new era at this address—as well as publishing the results of a vertical of the emblematic Clos des Corton Faiveley—in the near future. In the meantime, all these offerings come warmly recommended. (WK)
A wholly-owned vineyard, called a Monopole in Burgundy, this 14-acre parcel has produced a juicy wine full of red fruits and with some firm tannins. Its bright flavors, acidity and structure are still young and the wine should age further. Drink from 2021. (RV)
(from classic red Mercurey soil; tasted from tank): Bright, dark ruby-red. Lively scents of black cherry, licorice and flowers. Round and sweet but penetrating in the mouth; less showy than the Framboisière but more firmly structured. This juicy midweight offers a solid core of dark cherry and licorice flavor and finishes with rising floral length and a distinctly dark cast. (ST)
Monopole. Mid crimson. Darker and sweeter than the Framboisière – lots of ripe cherry fruit. Firmer texture too, deeper and less juicy. Drink window: 2019-2024 16.5/20 (JH)
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