Taupenot-Merme Mazoyères-Chambertin Grand Cru 2016
The family owns 0.85Ha spread of the grand cru, spread over two plots planted in 1958 and 1959.
Brother-and-sister team Virginie and Romain are at the helm at this domaine. It has 13 hectares 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 winegrowers 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 the vineyards well. The wines are getting better and better.
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- Variety Pinot Noir
- Vintage 2017
- Brand Domaine Taupenot Merme
- Cellaring 15 Plus Years
- Wine Type Red
- Alcohol Percentage 13.0% Alcohol
Neal Martin93 points
Allen Meadows92 points
Julia Harding M17 points
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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.
Mazoyères-Chambertin is a Grand Cru appellation for exclusively red wines (Pinot Noir) in the Côte de Nuits region of Burgundy, France. The area features a continental climate, with a temperate growing season that allows the grapes to fully ripen and retain their natural acidity. These vibrant wines range in colour from deep ruby to black cherry. On the nose, expect aromatic complexity – red and black fruits (think strawberries, gooseberries, blackcurrants), licorice, and spice characters. Sometimes, you’ll detect violet and underbrush notes as well. The palate boasts powerful tannins; it’s complex, textured, and full-bodied. These are opulent and elegant wines. You can – and should – age them for a minimum of 10 years. Note, too, that you may see these wines labelled as Charmes-Chambertin.
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About the brand Domaine Taupenot MermeBrother-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.