Villages Red barrel
Tasted: Jan 15, 2017
Note: from Craite Paille, Les Seuvrées, Belair and La Justice
Producer note: Like many of his colleagues in the Côte de Nuits, Romain Taupenot described the 2015 vintage as “one that was easy to manage save for a vicious attack of oidium that for whatever reason went away almost as fast as it showed up even if it did give us a good scare. There was a heat flash during the flowering that caused quite a bit of shatter with predictable consequences in that there was a high incidence of shot berries. The rest of the season was largely hot and dry and in some of the parcels with young vines or thin soils there was some hydric stress. For example, in St. Romain I estimate that hydric stress cost us close to 30% of the potential crop. We chose to begin the harvest on the 8th of September and were able to harvest rapidly as maturities were uniform and the fruit was immaculately clean. Potential alcohols ranged from 12.8% to as high as 13.9% though I would put the average right around 13%. While on an overall basis yields were reasonably good at 35 hl/ha they were highly disparate as there just wasn’t much juice in the berries. Acidities were good but not high yet even so the post-malo pHs were pretty good at between 3.5 and 3.6 so that’s just fine. As to the wines, I think that they’re going to please everyone from Burgundy neophytes to purists as there are good ripeness and concentration levels combined with vibrancy and excellent terroir transparency. It’s just about an ideal vintage.” I too liked Taupenot’s 2015s as there are a number of lovely wines. I would also underscore that Taupenot did extremely well in 2014 as well so don’t overlook those. In another change the domaine has gone to 100% Diam brand corks now. Lastly, Taupenot noted that his 2014s, reviewed below, were bottled in March 2016. (Winebow, Inc., www.winebow.com, (NY, NJ, DC, IL), Montvale, NJ, Bertrand’s Wines, www.bertrandswines.com, Manhasset, NY (only TX); SAQ, www.saq.com, Montreal, Canada, LCBO, www.lcbo.com, Ontario, Canada, Vintage, Alberta, Canada); Flint Wines, www.flintwines.com, John Armit Wines, www.armit.co.uk, Thorman Hunt & Co., www.thormanhunt.co.uk, H2 Vin Limited, www.h2vin.co.uk, Magnavinea, www.magnavinea.com, and A&B Vintners, UK, www.abvintners.co.uk, all UK; Watson’s Wines, www.watsonswine.com, Kerry Wines, www.kerrywines.com, and Connoisseur Wines, www.connoisseur-wines.com.hk, all Hong Kong; L’Imperatrice Fine Wines, www.imperatrice.com.hk, Hong Kong/Macau).
Tasting note: A completely different aromatic profile is present here with much more sauvage character to the earthy red and dark currant scents. The sleek, cool and beautifully well-detailed middle weight flavors possess both a bit more volume and noticeably more punch on the delicious yet entirely serious finish that is at once well-balanced and persistent. This lovely Gevrey villages is worth checking out.