Domaine Taupenot-Merme Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2014

"The 2012 Mazoyeres-Chambertin Grand Cru takes the aromatics of the Charmes-Chambertin and takes it up a couple of levels: showing impressive clarity and vivacity with tart cherry fruit, wild strawberry and minerals. The palate is refined on the entry with supple tannins. There is good depth here, f...



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Varietal
Pinot Noir
Style
Red Wine
Size
750 mL Bottle
Country
FRANCE
Region
Burgundy

Product Description

"The 2012 Mazoyeres-Chambertin Grand Cru takes the aromatics of the Charmes-Chambertin and takes it up a couple of levels: showing impressive clarity and vivacity with tart cherry fruit, wild strawberry and minerals. The palate is refined on the entry with supple tannins. There is good depth here, fine tension with a succulent, fleshy finish that lingers long in the mouth. This would be my pick from Taupenot-Merme this year."
93-95 Points Wine Advocate

"This initially opened with a mild touch of reduction though aggressive swirling eventually liberates an elegant and refined mélange of plum, red currant, warm earth and discreet spice hints that include a touch of sandalwood. Here too the tannins support the middle weight plus flavors that are dense but notably fine-grained and I very much like the sense of energy to the supple mouth feel. This balanced effort is sufficiently supple to be enjoyable young yet it seems clear that this should reward longer-term cellaring."
93 Points Burghound


REVIEWS ON SOME PREVIOUS VINTAGES

Domaine Taupenot-Merme Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2010
A ripe, reticent and brooding nose features of spiced plum, black raspberry and red currant all suffused by ferrous earth nuances that also characterize the powerful, concentrated and exceptionally rich broad-shouldered flavors. Like the Corton, this is a very big wine with plenty of muscle and mouth coating tannins that will require all of 15 years to resolve. I very much like this as it's a Charmes of imposing size and weight along with explosive length yet it retains a fine sense of harmony and balance. It's one for of the back of the cellar though.
Comments: Don't miss!
93-95 Points Allen Meadows, Burghound
 
0.57 ha. Great precision. Lovely stuff. Real intensity and crunchy fruit. Just great. Bitter cherries with real intensity. Romain thinks this is his best Charmes ever. Tight and exciting.
18.5/20 Points Jancis Robinson
 
Producer note:  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. 
 
 

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