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2019 Domaine Taupenot-Merme

We are delighted to be able to offer the wines of Domaine Taupenot-Merme en primeur for the first time this year.  Romain Taupenot and his sister, Virginie, have propelled their family domaine into the first division over the last decade.  We met Romain in London last year and it was immediately apparent that he is a superb communicator, opening the eyes of the trade in England to the style of Morey-Saint-Denis, a wine which is sometimes overshadowed by those from neighbouring Chambolle-Musigny and Gevrey-Chambertin

Although based in Morey, the domaine has coveted vineyard holdings in over twenty appellations, including premiers and grands crus from across those three villages, and a minuscule parcel of the virtual monopole Clos des Lambrays. (not offered this year due to volumes).

Romain's focus is on terroir and he likes his wines to express their origins, without too much new oak, extraction or use of whole bunch fermentation.  Like Romain, the wines are open and charming.  The 2019s have a particular richness and elegance, earning superb scores from Neal Martin, including 92-94 points for the Gevrey-Chambertin 'Bel-Air' 1er Cru which he describes as a "baby Bèze"!

Taupenot-Merme's wines are in high demand and whilst we have obtained some very good allocations, volumes will be strictly limited.  Please don't delay if you wish to order.

Offered en primeur, landing autumn 2021.

Domaine Taupenot-Merme, Gevrey-Chambertin

Producer Profile

Domaine Taupenot-Merme, Gevrey-Chambertin

Romain Taupenot's family have been making wine in Burgundy since the 17th century, but the family domaine was really created in its current form when his parents Denise Merme and Jean Taupenot married, in 1963.  Romain took over in 1998 and was joined soon after by his sister Virginie.

The domaine owns 9 hectares in the Côte de Nuits and 4.5 hectares in the Côte de Beaune, with a high proportion of grands and premiers crus. Romain favours minimal intervention and the wines are usually bottled unfiltered, with low sulphur used.

RED 2019 Taupenot Merme - Chambolle Musigny 75cl £235 per case of 6 Taupenot Merme
2019 / / 75cl
£235 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"The 2019 Chambolle-Musigny Village has a transparent bouquet with touches of Earl Grey tea interwoven into the lifted red berry scents. There is fine mineralité and that is transposed onto the palate that is very well balanced. Classic in style with a persistent, grainy textured finish and a peppery aftertaste, dare I say, but say I do, this is one of the best damn Chambolle-Musigny Village wines that you will come across in 2019. 90-92 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com
RED 2019 Taupenot Merme - Charmes Chambertin grand cru 75cl £840 per case of 6 Taupenot Merme
2019 / / 75cl
£840 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"The 2019 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru has a straightforward, focused bouquet with brambly red fruit, briary and tea leaf aromas, though it just lacks the assertiveness and intensity you seek from a Grand Cru. The palate is better with a light spiced opening, good weight and cohesion with black pepper and sea salt infused red fruit. Quite Mazoyères in terms of structure towards the finish, this will benefit from 4-6 years in bottle. 93-95 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com
RED 2019 Taupenot Merme - Corton Rognets Grand Cru 75cl £675 per case of 6 Taupenot Merme
2019 / / 75cl
£675 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"The 2019 Corton-Rognet Grand Cru is quite strict and slightly ferrous on the nose, gradually opening with redcurrant and cranberry fruit, touches of orange blossom and pain d'épices. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, lightly spiced with white pepper and cumin. Modest depth, it feels nicely focused with a persistent saline finish. Very fine. 92-94 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com
RED 2019 Taupenot Merme - Gevrey Chambertin 75cl £225 per case of 6 Taupenot Merme
2019 / / 75cl
£225 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"The 2019 Gevrey-Chambertin Village does not quite have the expressiveness of the Morey Village on the nose and demands more coaxing, a little broody and sultry at the moment. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit with touches of sous-bois and white pepper. Lovely balance here and the precision on the finish compensates for the bashful aromatics. It will need 24 months once in bottle and fingers crossed the nose will step up a gear. 88-90 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com
RED 2019 Taupenot Merme - Gevrey Chambertin Bel-Air 1er cru 75cl £495 per case of 6 Taupenot Merme
2019 / / 75cl
£495 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"The 2019 Gevrey-Chambertin Bel Air 1er Cru is attractive and fresh on the nose, melted tar and pencil box scents percolating through the red and black fruit, a hint of orange rind with time. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, finely tuned with such pretty red cherry and wild strawberry notes on the tart finish. Taupenot referred to this as his "baby Bèze" - a perfectly apt description. 92-94 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com
RED 2019 Taupenot Merme - Morey St Denis Le Riotte 1er cru 75cl £410 per case of 6 Taupenot Merme
2019 / / 75cl
£410 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"The 2019 Morey-Saint-Denis La Riotte 1er Cru is stubborn and austere on the nose at the moment, red berry fruit and damp loam aromas/woodland scents gradually unfurling, hints of cepes. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red fruit mixed with white pepper and sage. Classic in style, nicely focused, this builds in the mouth and exerts good grip on the finish with impressive length on the aftertaste. Great potential but will benefit from cellaring. 92-94 points." Neal Martin, Vinous.com, Dec 2020

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