*SOLD OUT* Check out the 2016 though Faiveley Bourgogne Rouge 2015 is a cracking wine. I’m not entirely sure why there is any left. But you should definitely buy some now before it goes. This is a wine I always enjoy drinking. 2015 adds a layer of red fruits on top of the boney, stoney structure. The palate has the fine tannins and great acidity as well as some silky red and blue fruits. Drink this half bottle now. It will get better with 7 years or so. It is delicious right now though.
Faiveley is a large business in Burgundy who own large parcels all over the Cotes. This includes 70ha in Mercurey – a mostly overlooked region South of the Cote d’Or. From entry-level to Grand Cru there is amazing care and attention. Their monopole wines are worth seeking out.
The classic part of Burgundy known as the Cote D’Or (the slope of gold) is essentially one vineyard that is 60km long and maybe 5km at its widest. From this limestone ridge some of the most complex, long-lived and aromatic wines are produced from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Cistercian monks who owned the land codified the entire region and so each small plot has a name.
This is the most elusive grape. It is relatively early ripening and extremely sensitive to terroir. Its perfect place on earth is the Cote d’Or in Burgundy. So haunting are great red Burgundy’s charms that growers everywhere try to emulate them. Pinot Noir is not just a one trick pony, it can make great reds, rosé, sparkling and even sweet wines, whites on occasion and I’ve tasted a decent fortified Pinot Noir too.