Domaine Taupenot-Merme, Chambolle Musigny 2013

£72.00 (75cl)

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SKU: BUTA0213B

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We’re very pleased to continue working with the increasingly highly regarded Domaine Taupenot Merme in Morey St Denis. Romain Taupenot has elevated his domaine to be one of the very best in the village and recent journalists’ comments on his wines are testament of the quality achieved here. 2018 is yet another feather in his cap. Romain says that his 2018s have “less sucrosity than 2015 but a fruit style that is fresher, juicier and brighter”. The signature elegance and clarity of expression of Romain’s wines remains to the fore. Beautifully expressive and beautifully balanced wines across the range



Jancis Robinson (Purple Pages jancisrobinson.com):

Rich and heady. Not the purest but this offers lots of fruit and a strong village character. Soaked cookies. Good bite on the end. Points: 16.5 Date Tasted: 05/11/2014

Burghound (burghound.com):

A notably spicy and much more elegant nose offers up notes of red pinot, dark currant, rose petal and a hint of earth. There is a relatively fine mouth feel to the mineral-driven, intense and utterly delicious middle weight flavors that terminate in a dusty and better balanced finish. Points 87-89. Issue: 57

Regions Vintage Report:

Hot on the heels of the very small 2012 vintage, comes another Burgundian crop with significantly reduced yields. The extremely difficult, and in many cases, devastating climatic conditions, once again tested the resolve and the skills of vignerons across the region. Those growers who are diligent throughout the year and who have an intimate understanding of their various vineyard plots have risen to the challenge, crafting some very fine, elegantly expressive Burgundy wines. The spring was unseasonably cold and wet with both April and May bringing high levels of rainfall and below average temperatures. Flowering was going to be delayed, disturbed and uneven. So it proved to be, especially as June’s weather was only marginally better. The potential size of the crop was already compromised. In July the weather did, at last, warm up but, sadly, with increased humidity and risk of mildew and storms. A hugely destructive hail storm on the 23rd of the month scythed its brutal path through parts of Meursault, Volnay, Pommard, Beaune, Savigny-lès-Beaune and Pernand-Vergelesses. In these villages, damage varied between 50-100%. This disaster followed the 70-90% loss in Volnay and Pommard in 2012! In August the humid conditions continued to prevail making vigilant vineyard work essential in order to combat the ever present threat of mildew. September, mercifully, brought several days of fine weather that helped the well-tended fruit to ripen sufficiently. The harvest began in earnest towards the end of month and continued well into October, some 2-3 weeks later than normal. Selecting the best picking dates was particularly critical this year, with different parcels reaching phenolic ripeness at different times, and to complicate matters further, when the desired level of ripeness did arrive, it arrived very quickly, especially in Chablis. The pressure and stress on the growers was intense juggling the wait for fruit maturity against the risk of autumn weather conditions deteriorating. This was not a vintage of blanket decisions. Likewise, diligent sorting of the fruit both in the vineyard and the cuverie was key to ultimate quality. Notwithstanding the enormous challenges faced by Burgundian growers this year, the resulting quality of the best wines of 2013 is impressive – an eloquent reflection of their efforts and skills. It is not, by any means, a consistent vintage. Only where hard graft and an intimate understanding of the terroir and vines have worked in tandem, have growers delivered a winning result. The finest white wines show plenty of vibrant fresh citrus fruit, with excellent balance, tension and poise. The best red wines offer fine aromatics, honesty, purity and elegance. The deft hand of the more sensitive winemakers has clearly adapted to the relative delicacy of the 2013 fruit. There is a distinctly appetising profile to many wines. The myriad of terroirs, that is so much a part of Burgundy, express themselves with clarity and finesse. 2013 may not be a vintage of intense structure and richness but its inherent restraint and precision allow the taster to savour many of the intriguing intricacies of wines from this most compelling of wine producing regions. There is less fruit weight than 2012 and less structure and scale than 2010. Some growers feel that 2013 can be compared to vintages like 2004 or 2007 but with more fruit and concentration, particularly for the white wines with their racy, linear profile, or maybe a cross between 2008/2011. In any case, the quality and style of 2013 will bring much pleasurable drinking over the short to medium term. In many instances we have managed to reduce our offer pricing this year, thanks to a restrained approach from a number of growers in tandem with a beneficial movement in the £/€ exchange rate.Christian Honorez & Neil Sommerfelt MW January 2015©adVINture 2020

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