The Faiveley family first produced wine from rented vines in Mercurey in 1933, finally beginning to acquire land there three decades later. Today, with over 72 hectares to their name, they number among the Côte Chalonnaise's most important landholders and one of its qualitative reference points.
There was an element of selective harvesting here to ensure levels of acidity could match the intense tropical fruits of this impressive Chardonnay. Only half the must is fermented in French oak of which 25% is new. So the style is intense but tempered by a vibrant, piquant note that lifts up the depth of flavour and helps the wine benefit from its year or two of bottle age.
"The 2020 Mercurey Blanc Clos Rochette offers up attractive aromas of pear, orange oil, clear honey, nutmeg, anise and freshly baked bread. Medium to full-bodied, ample and satiny, with lively acids, chalky structure and a saline finish, it will offer a broad drinking window." 91pts Wine Advocate