750 mL Bottle
Romain Taupenot didn't mince any words by enthusiastically declaring 2010 to be a "magnificent vintage that is easily better than 2009. That's the good news. The bad news is that there isn't going to be very much wine. For a variety of reasons that include a killer frost and poor flowering, yields were quite small though variable. On average we were off between 30 and 40% in the Côte de Nuits but in some parcels of our regional wines we were down as much 80%. Thankfully in the Côte de Beaune yields were down a bit but nothing really significant. There was a tremendous amount of shot berries and even the normal berries didn't have as much juice in them as is typical. Sugars were varied but generally quite strong and essentially ranged between 12.8 to 13.9% in the Côte de Nuits though they were somewhat lower in the Côte de Beaune. We began picking on the 23rd of September under cool and mildly wet conditions that weren't especially comfortable for the harvesters. There was some sorting required but this was more of an issue for the lower level appellations but by contrast, there was almost nothing required for the 1ers and grands crus. As to the wines, they are beautifully balanced wines that have extremely fine tannins and plenty of freshness and energy. I believe that once people taste them they will be persuaded that burgundies do not have to be very ripe to be excellent." As to the in-bottle '09s, they have turned out remarkably well and many of them merited the upper end of my predicted ranges, which is all to the good.
"Deft wood frames a nose that is reasonably similar to that of the Charmes but here there is a more obvious sauvage character. This is also impressively broad-scaled with an overt muscularity to the almost painfully intense flavors yet somewhat surprisingly, they are no more structured. The underlying sense of tension is palpable and this exceptionally powerful wine culminates in a palate saturating finish of genuinely monumental length. In sum, this is a more dramatic wine than the Charmes but even so, it's not clear which one that time will favor. If you can find them and have the patience, I would suggest buying both as they should be sensational in due time."
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93-95 Points Allen Meadows, Burghound
"0.86 ha. Dark crimson. Very majestic nose. Not simple sweetness but just lovely density and concentration but also great balance. Dances and shows no excess of anything. Very sweet but also very firm. But not tough or drying in any way – despite the obvious register of tannins here. Bravissimo!"
19/20 Points Jancis Robinson
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