Domaine Taupenot-Merme

Romain Taupenot is the seventh generation of his family to be involved in viticulture, although this specific domaine was founded as recently as 1963 by his father, Jean Taupenot, who had married Denise Merme. With vineyards from both sides of the family the domaine now features 18 different appellations, with vineyards in both the Côte de Beaune and the Côte de Nuits. Romain has been in charge of winemaking since 1998 and has overseen a move into the top echelons of domaine hierarchy. The domaine works organically and great importance is attached to the expression of vineyard character. As a self confessed ‘terroirist’ Romain avoids heavy handed techniques in the cuverie and keeps new oak at sensible levels (between 25% - villages - and 50% - Grands Crus) so that the wines can best express their origins. With so many top sites this makes perfect sense and as the vines have got older so the nuances of each have become more pronounced. Recent vintages have been stunning and the purple patch looks set to continue.

Winemaker: Romain Taupenot

Hectares: 13 hectares

Parcels:
Gevrey Chambertin 1,6389 Ha, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Bel Air 0,4301 Ha, Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru 0,5730 Ha, Mazoyères-Chambertin Grand Cru 0,8535 Ha, Morey Saint-Denis 0,3910 Ha, Morey Saint-Denis 1er Cru La Riotte 0,5684 Ha, Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru Le village 0,0570 Ha, Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru 0,0430 Ha, Chambolle-Musigny 0,8577 Ha, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru La Combe d`Orveau 0,45ha, Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Pruliers 0,53Ha, Corton-Rognet Grand Cru 0,4074 Ha, Auxey-Duresses 1er cru Les Duresses 0,22Ha, Auxey-Duresses 1er cru Les Grands Champs 0,31 Ha, Auxey-Duresses rouge 0,4054 Ha, Auxey-Duresses blanc 0,6135 Ha, Saint Romain rouge 1,3035 Ha, Saint-Romain blanc 1,2547 Ha, Bourgogne Rouge 0,4880 Ha, Bourgogne Passetoutgrains 0,9320 Ha, Bourgogne Aligoté 1,0262 Ha

Wines

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    This is quite punchy for a Chambolle with perhaps added concentration and volume due to the smaller harvest. Structured with a fair amount of tannin. Very promising.

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    This is exceptional for the appellation. The vines here are 70 years old and the fruit comes mainly from one parcel. It has minerality but also complete ripeness. The tannins are perfect and really stylish. Excellent vlaue.

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    This comes from vines in both Morey and Chambolle, though both plots were frosted in the lower areas. It is quite restrained on the nose and has a lovely salty, savoury energy in the mouth with excellent length. Impressive for a Bourgogne

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    This is a blend of 2 1ers Crus, with an emphasis on mineral, red fruits and balance rather than broad, overripe flavours. Will evolve into a delightful lunch time Pinot, although there is plenty of punch here. Drink from 2016.

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    Romain blends 2 vineyards (Les Duresses and Les Grands Champs) together to make this very stylish Auxey. This is very much on the red fruits with fresh, brambly aromas and flavours. Drink from 2017

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    This is a blend of Les Duresses and En Champs. The tannins are wonderfully supple and the red fruit ripeness is very charming. The brightness of fruit that so typifies the vintage is really on show here and this shows very well, with good length and persistence. Drink from 2018.

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    This is a blend of two 1ers Crus and is a fine example of how this vintage has added a delicious level of exoticism to appellations that can traditionally be a touch austere. The stony soil of the vineyard provides drive and energy whilst the warmth of the vintage brings lush, red fruits that fill the mouth. Drink from 2018

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    This is Romain`s largest village holding and comes from fruit from 4 different vineyards of vines (very different soils and exposures) averaging more than 40 years of age. It is very Gevrey in style showing a nice mix of gravelly stoniness and sweet red fruits. We are drinking a lot of the 2008 currently which is delicious; this will be a step up, given time. Drink from 2017

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    Absolutely classic Gevrey. Gravelly, mineral notes abound on the nose with good energy and mineral drive in the mouth. Red fruits rather than black with some brambly earthiness. Bang on. Drink from 2019.

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    This comes from two excellent vineyards, La Bussiere, just next to Morey, and La Taupe, which is just above Combe d`Orveaux. The attack is rich and intense with excellent intensity and plenty of stuffing yet the cool, silky Chambolle character shines through.

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    From fruit from Chambolle and Morey, this combines the aromatic charm of the former with the spicy, structured intensity of the latter. Harmonious and grown up. Drink from 2016

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    Good and bad news here. Great wine but no volume! Just 4 barrels made (1200 bottles) but it is very lovely. Delightfully inviting savoury aromas, excellent concentration and Morey character. Structured and intense. Drink from 2017

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    It’s a shame Romain has so little of this as it’s always good and this 2014 is particularly good. Again the tannins are really stylish and ripe with excellent control and focus. Plenty of zip and buzz to liven up the intense fruit character. A really lovely village. Drink from 2019.

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    All the sweet fruit one would expect from Chambolle but with a little bit of extra structure and power. There is plenty going on here and this is really quite serious. Drink from 2020. 93 points, Tim Atkin MW

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    2 main plots here and a lovely purity of fruit. Classically Chambolle with nice elegance and freshness but with added weight of the vintage. Long and plenty to come. Drink from 2019.

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    This is a blend of 4 parcels spread nicely across the village including some village Bel Air that sits just above the 1er Cru version (which itself sits just above Clos de Bèze) and adds a real sense of minerality and drive. This has density and layers but that drive really comes through on the finish and lifts the wine impressively. Drink from 2019.

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    This is the domaine`s largest holding of village wine and comes from 4 different plots dotted around Gevrey, adding complexity and personality.Thsi is perhaps the most backward of the three village wines, with a stony gravellyness running throughout and plenty of structure and grip. Will be excellent in time.

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    Very much about the red fruits here with a mix of earth and mineral underpinning the red fruit character. Nice bite and structure and plenty of substance. Drink from 2015

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    This is Romain’s smallest village holding in terms of hectares but certainly not in terms of stature. Lots small berries have ensured terrific intensity of fruit with strong nutmeg and spice character throughout. Plenty of juice and structure on the finish. Drink from 2020.

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    This is the domaine`s largest holding of village wine and comes from 4 different plots dotted around Gevrey, adding complexity and personality.Thsi is perhaps the most backward of the three village wines, with a stony gravellyness running throughout and plenty of structure and grip. Will be excellent in time.

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    This jumps out of the glass, with quite an explosive nose. There is impressive underlying definition, good ripeness and warmth with a touch of Morey spice and lots of earthy bright red fruits. Boom.

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    Terrific mix of racy stoniness and spicy, honeyed white fruits. Lovely intensity, poise and balance. Drink from 2016.

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    Mineral, lively almost salty white reflecting the chalky almost austere nature of the soil in St Romain. Enough fat to omplement the tightness and produce an all round delicious glass of wine. Drink from 2015

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    The key to producing good Auxey rouge is to maximise the fruit content as it tends to have good matural minerality and vibrancy and Romain does just this, keeping the red fruits bright and crunchy. Drink from 2015

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    Riotte lies in the heart of Morey, just below the village itself. This 2011 is quite structured and earthy with a little spice and plenty of punch. Drink from 2016

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    Pruliers lies in the true heart of Nuits, on the south side next to the likes of Les St Georges and Les Cailles. The vines here are about forty years old and produce a lot of small berries. This has refined tannins and plenty of punch and vibrancy. Drink from 2017

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    This is a blend of 2 1ers Crus, with an emphasis on mineral, red fruits and balance rather than broad, over-ripe flavours. Will evolve into a delightful lunch time Pinot. Drink from 2015.

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    The vines here are 55 years old and Riotte, which lies in the heart of the village, is one of the best plots in Morey. This is incredibly Morey with lots of spice and fruit intensity. Well structured and lots of scope. Drink from 2018.

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    Pruliers lies in the heart of Nuits on the south side, just to the north of the likes of Les St Georges, Vaucrains and Cailles. It enjoys a slight elevation and the wines tend to have a fresh vibrancy about them. This is key as it works brilliantly with the concentration derived from the plethora of small berries these forty year old vines produce. Like so many Nuits this works beautifully in this fruit driven vintage and this is more expressive than usual at this stage. Rich, powerful, energetic and impressive. Drink from 2021. 95 points, Tim Atkin MW