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

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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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    Romain makes one of the most sophisticated Cortons around with a hint of the Côte de Nuits about them. The tannins are refined and display the polished, earthy red fruits of the palate with panache. Drink from 2016

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    This is a well structured wine, showing the classic bite and energy of the vintage which brings alive the earthy, red fruits that fill the glass. There is a touch of spice and an impressive sense of harmony. Drink from 2016

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    Another classic Corton where Romain appears to have crafted a level of polish and refinement rarely seen in this appellation. Drink from 2016

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    As always with this wine, this is rather sophisticated for a Corton, showing a classy mix of red and black fruits. The tannins are bang on and the poise is impressive. Drink from 2018

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    Corton doesn`t get much better than this. Classy, refined tannins support elegant, precise fruit flavours with a fresh, pure structure and great length. Drink from 2017

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    This was more backward than some of the wines in the range, although the attack and the persistent finish give fair warning of the delights to come. Powerful, intense and well structured this is quite a big boy. Drink from 2022.

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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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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 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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    Riotte is one of the best of Morey`s numerous but often unknown 1ers Crus. It sits in the heart of the village and tends to be a perfect expression of the character of the appellation. This 2002 still shows some youth but there is plenty of spicy, red fruit character throughout and a consistency and harmony that runs from start to finish. Drink from 2015

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    This is one of the oldest plots in the domaine, the vines being ow 65 years old. Lying adjacent to the holy grail that is Musigny, this is a very superior 1er Cru. Great aromatics but on the nose and in the mouth and wonderful cohesion and harmony. Stunner. Drink from 2019

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    This tiny vineyard lies just above Clos de Bèze and is always the last to be picked as it enjoys slightly cooler temperatures. This is a lovely wine full of crisp, mineral flavours and very well balanced. It`s an airy fresh Gevrey that will delight the purists amongst you. Drink from 2015

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    Romain seems to have a soft spot for this cuvee and it`s easy to see why. It has plenty of fat flesh yet never loses sight of its Nuits character. Excellent length and depth of flavour. 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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    As with so many wines in this vintage the natural fragrance, freshness and minerality of the Cru works beautifully with the opulent character of the 2012s. Drink from 2016

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    This is one of the oldest plots in the domaine, the vines being 65 years old. Lying adjacent to the holy grail that is Musigny, this is a very superior 1er Cru. Great aromatics but on the nose and in the mouth and wonderful cohesion and harmony. Stunner. Drink from 2019

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    Bel-Air is a tiny 1er Cru that lies just above Clos de Beze. It is always the last to be picked, its altitude slowing its maturation, but in a good way. This has superb definition and precision and the control, elegance and purity run right through to the long finish. Drink from 2018

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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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    This is a little cracker, wonderfully Morey in style with some exotic spices jostling for position with notes of earth and dark fruits. Well structured and very harmonious. Drink from 2017

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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 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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    From the heart of Nuits some way up the slope, this vineyard produces lots of small, intense berries. Consequently, the fruit is both ripe and dense. It is very well structured with vibrant Nuits minerality underneath. Another fine Nuits! Drink from 2019.

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    This is more backward than the Corton, and shows quite broad, powerful fruit at this stage for a Charmes, though not too overtly masculine. A stylish structure adds real depth and a proper core to this wine. Very promising and lots of potential. Drink from 2020

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    Another wine from the library stock at the moment. This needs a few moments in a decanter to really open up and then shows very intense, quite elegant earthy fruit character with some secondary aromas. This vintage was one of the last before the Mazoyères and Charmes went their separate ways. Drink from 2015