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Expert Picks: Domaine Faiveley and Lignier-Michelot!

Posted on | July 14, 2015 | Written by Michael Adler | No Comments

Michael Adler 5.29.15It isn’t always easy to find good value in Burgundy, but if you like to get the maximum bang out of your buck, start by looking at some of the region’s lesser-known appellations. Today I selected wines from two outstanding producers whose wines I’ve been following for years, Domaine Faiveley and Lignier-Michelot, and I chose two 1er cru wines that offer incredible quality for their respective price points. These wines can easily compete with the top wines from Burgundy’s more heralded appellations.

Based in Nuits-Saint-Georges, the family-owned Domaine Faiveley has been making wine since 1825 and owns a whopping 24.7 acres of grand cru vineyards as well as 25 hectares of 1er cru, making it one of the most important landowners in all of Burgundy. While most IWM clients who love Burgundy likely know about Faiveley, Lignier-Michelot is a very exciting up-and-coming producer that should be on the radar of every Burgundy connoisseur. Located in the Côte de Nuits, the village of Morey-Saint-Denis is primarily known for its grand cru vineyards such as Clos de la Roche. However, its 1er crus, while not quite as well known, yield captivating wines that offer incredible quality for the price.

Domaine Faiveley 2012 Mercurey 1er cru Clos des Myglands $54.99

Deriving from an almost 15-acre walled vineyard, Domaine Faiveley’s Mercurey 1er cru Clos des Myglands is a monopole, meaning that Faiveley owns the entire vineyard and is the only producer that can make and bottle the wine. The Pinot Noirs of Mercurey are known for being dense and fuller-bodied, and the 1er cru Clos des Myglands is no exception. This ‘12 shows lovely notes of mineral, raspberry and cherry, with hints of wet earth and a long, spicy finish. It pairs exceptionally well with lamb, game and mature cheeses, and while this wine is quite accessible in the near term, it will also evolve gracefully for another 5-7 years.

Lignier-Michelot 2011 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru Aux Chezeaux $109.99

Deep, opulent and complex, Lignier-Michelot’s Morey-Saint-Denis 1er crus are delightful, eye-opening wines. This 2011 1er cru Aux Chezeaux is a gorgeous expression of the Morey terroir and Virgile Lignier’s (mostly) traditional approach to winemaking. This ’12 Morey-Saint-Denis Aux Chezeaus is just now entering its drinking window, yet it has the structure to age another 10-15 years.

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