Taupenot Morey St Denis La Riotte 1er Cru 2016

  • 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
  • "an expressive and engaging bouquet, a mixture of red and black fruit, pressed flowers and bergamot tea"
  • "..is all silkiness and elegance"
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  • Neal Martin
    91-93 points

Editors notes

An essence of crushed black fruits on the nose, accented by licorice and violet. A bit more relaxed in the early going than the Combe d'Orveau but without quite the density for its broad, dusty tannins. Distinctly darker than the 2015 version of this wine but without quite the same complexity. For his part, Taupenot finds these tannins more refined than usual for this cuvée. - Vinous Magazine


Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Earthy
    • Herbal
    • Red Fruits
  • Palate
    • Cedar
    • Red Cherry
    • Strawberry

Food Pairings

  • Fish
  • Game
  • Poultry

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Neal Martin

    "The 2016 Morey Saint Denis 1er Cru La Riotte has an expressive and engaging bouquet, a mixture of red and black fruit, pressed flowers and bergamot tea, complex and gaining intensity with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, very well-judged acidity, maybe a little conservative but very precise with a sense of energy and tension conveyed on the finish. Fortunately there is a good volume of this wine this vintage—try to buy some."

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Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.

Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.

Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)

The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.


Burgundy is undoubtedly the home of the finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnays in the world, where vineyards, or Domaines have been producing wines for over 2000 years. Burgundy is located in the North-east of France, an hours drive from Lyon and 2 hours from Paris. With over 100 appellations, or sub-regions (more than any other wine region) Burgundy is known for being the most terroir-oriented region in the World. The finest red wines of Burgundy are found in the Côte d'Or, a string of villages including Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey St Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, Vougeot, Vosne-Romanée and Nuits-St Georges.

There are flavours present in great Burgundys that are the envy of Pinot Noir producers worldwide. The elusive peacocks tail finish that goes on and on, and the pretty-elegance backed by Burgundy muscle is the goal of winemakers around the globe. The main levels in the Burgundy classifications, in descending order of quality, are: Grand crus, Premier crus, village appellations, and finally regional appellations. For the Chablis wines, a similar hierarchy of Grand Cru, Premier Cru and Village wines is used, plus Petit Chablis as a level below Village Chablis.


Morey-Saint-Denis is an appellation village of the Côte de Nuits subregion of the Côte d'Or of eastern France. The appellation includes 20 Premiers Crus and five Grands Crus (Clos de Tart, Bonnes Mares, Clos de la Roche, Clos Saint-Denis, and Clos des Lambrays). Pinot Noir accounts for most of the plantings here, though several plots have plantings of either Chardonnay or Pinot Blanc. These white wines are rare, opulent, and generally firm. The Pinot Noir wines are bright-ruby- or garnet-coloured with purple highlights. On the nose, you’ll find notes of both black and red fruits, including blackcurrant and cherry, with variants displaying the likes of violet, licorice, and bramble. With age, they develop characters of moss, leather, game, and truffle. On the palate, these well-structured wines superbly balance fruit, body, and tannin.

About the brand Domaine Taupenot Merme

Brother-and-sister team Virginie and Romain Taupenot are currently at the helm of this outstanding Domaine. It holds 13 hectares under vine on the Côte de Beaune and the Côte de Nuits, with Grands Crus including Clos des Lambrays, Charmes-Chambertin, Corton-Rognet and Mazoyères-Chambertin. These seventh-generation wine growers are typical of the new crop of young Burgundian vignerons who are realising the full potential of priceless family vineyard parcels, through sensitive viticulture and thoughtful winemaking.

All grapes are de-stemmed, with 25% new oak used for the village wines and 40% for grand and premier cru. Virginie looks after sales while Romain works the cellar, producing structured, self-assured Burgundy that expresses their vineyards with accuracy and pride. The wines from this Domaine are consistently improving, vintage after vintage – as shown by a truly exciting set of 2015s off the back of excellent 2013s and '14s.

Romain Taupenot oversees winemaking at Domaine Taupenot-Merme, aided by his sister Virginie. It's widely and correctly acknowledged that the estate, which has been working along organic principles since 2001, is on the up and up in terms of quality. Its results from the 2006 and 2007 vintages are drinking beautifully, and Romain even triumphed against all odds in the difficult vintages of 2012 and 2013.

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