2014 DOMAINE TAUPENOT-MERME Chambolle 1er Cru La Combe D 'Orveau
Chambolle-Musigny "La Combe d'Orveau"
1er Cru Red barrel
Tasted: Jan 15, 2016
Note: from vines that average more than 60 years of age
Producer note: Romain Taupenot describes the 2014 vintage as "the first one since 2009 that provided us with reasonable yields. We enjoyed a fine, dry and clement spring with no disease pressure to speak of which allowed for an even flowering. We did have hail in the Côte de Nuits but it cost us only around 5% of the crop in Chambolle and Morey and while it was a bit more severe in the Côte de Beaune, even there it wasn't catastrophic. August though was very, very wet and we lost some volume simply because the berries took up so much moisture that they burst. Temperatures were quite cool and this helped to temper the spread of rot. Happily September was beautiful with warm temperatures along with a drying north wind that further helped to slow any outbreaks of rot. With the good conditions came maturities that spiked upward though with this came the Suzukii problem which cost us between 5 and 10% in losses for those parcels that were close to fruit trees or sheltered from the north wind. We immediately went into the vineyards to remove the contaminated fruit as it was critical not to allow it to affect the clean bunches. We chose to begin the harvest on the 17th of September and picked through to the 27th. There was some sorting but in most vineyards the fruit was really pretty clean. As to the wines I am highly enthusiastic about the quality and in both colors. There is excellent purity of expression with silky tannins and perfect balance and the wines should make for good drinking all along their respective cycles of evolution." Taupenot noted that his 2013s, reviewed below, were bottled in March 2015. (Winebow, Inc., www.winebow.com, (NY, NJ, DC, IL), Montvale, NJ; 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).
Tasting note: Here there is no reductive funk as the cool and pure nose offers up distinctly floral scents on the high-toned aromas of red cherry, pomegranate and violet scents. I very much like the intensity of the mineral-driven middle weight flavors that possess excellent delineation and underlying tension, all wrapped in a clean, energetic and refined finale. Lovely.