Marchand-Tawse, Vosne Romanée 2013

£52.50 (75cl)

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Sourced from a number of plots including Hautes Mazières, Basses Mazières & Champs Perdrix. Mix of limestone, clay & marl soils. 100% destemmed. Short cold maceration. 20 days vatting. 18 months ageing in 30% new French oak. No fining, no filtration.

About the producer

With over 25 years of winemaking experience at renowne Burgundy domaines such as Comte Armand and Domaine de la Vougeraie, and as a consultant in Chile, California, Canada and Australia, Pascal Marchand possesses a deep understanding of terroir-driven wines; leading to the creation of his micro-négociant at the beginning of 2006. For Pascal’s first vintage, he produced almost 1,000 cases from 7 different wines, mainly from the Côte de Nuits. He now offers in excess of 40 different appellations from the Côte de Nuits, as well as a smattering of wine from the Côte de Beaune. His fruit is sourced from growers he knows well and in whom he has total confidence. All of his wines originate from vineyards with vines of a minimum of 35 years of age. Some of his growers are certified organic; some are organic in ethos, but work without certification. All though are highly dedicated to quality. Pascal’s partnership with his long-time friend Moray Tawse marks a commitment to crafting wines that are amongst the finest expression of Burgundy’s most celebrated terroirs.

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A mix of both natural and wood spice adds breadth to the perfumed red currant, blue pinot and pomegranate scents. Here too the middle weight flavors possess fine volume and verve before concluding in an attractively textured if mildly drying and short finish. This may come together but it's awkward and not especially well-balanced today. Points 86-89. 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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