Domaine Faiveley Mercurey Clos Rochette is a white wine produced from a Monopole vineyard in the Cote Chalonnaise sub-region of Burgundy. A “monopole” wine is Burgundy is a wine from s single vineyard that is owned entirely by one wine producer. The Cote Chalonnaise wine growing sub-region is situated to the south of the Cote d’Or and Mercurey is widely regarded as the most important wine village in the region producing more wine that all other village appellations combined. Mercurey Blanc is a little bit more unusual than red wines from the appellation accounting for only 20% of the wine produced there.
Domaine Faiveley was founded in 1825 by Pierre Faiveley and has passed through seven generations of the the family since then. The company headquarters can be found in Nuit St Georges and has been run since 2007 by Erwan Faiveley. Today the family owns over 120 hectares of vineyards in Burgundy including 10 hectares of grand cru vineyards, nearly 25 hectares of 1er cru vineyards and other vineyards including 68 hectares in the Cote Chalonnaise. Domaine Faiveley have owned vineyards in Mercurey since 1963 and now own 11 hectares of vineyards there. Mercurey is named after the Roman god Mercury, the god of merchants and commerce and apparently there was once a temple erected in honour of the deity somwhere in the village.
The Clos Rochette vineyard is located next to Faiveley’s La Framboisiere vineyard where they produce their Mercurey Rouge. This parcel of vines has one of the Domaine’s Monopoles since 1933. The soil in this vineyard is particularly compact and hard to work, being strewn with little rocks, hence the name. It is predominantly compact clay-limestone soils with a south-easterly exposition and covers nearly 13.5 acres. The wines produced here are rich and complex white wines. The grapes for Domaine Faiveley Mercurey Clos Rochette are pressed and vinified at Faiveley’s state of the art winery in Mercurey. Alcoholic fermentation lasts approximately 4 weeks, 55% of the wine is fermented in French oak barrels, 25% of which are new. The wine is then aged for 16 months with regular stirring whilst the rest of the blend is aged in vats. This allows the wine to acquire delicate woody notes without masking the vivacity and typicality sought in the white wines of Côte Chalonnaise. Finally the wine is racked and transported to Faiveley’s 19th century vaulted cellars in Nuit St Georges for bottling.