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26 March 2012 - Chambolle Musigny Combe d'Orveaux: Taupenot-Merme: A Rose by any other name...

Simon Davies, Head of Marketing at FINE+RARE, shares a great insider secret for all Burgundy collectors.

Here is a great insider secret for all Burgundy collectors.

Take a look at the map below:

(Map reproduced from World Atlas of Wine with kind permission of Jancis Robinson MW OBE)

Moving from right to left you have the three Grand Cru parts of Musigny: Le Musigny; the smaller Les Petits Musigny and then to the left a small section of Musigny divided from the 1er cru above by a low wall. This section of Musigny shares the name of the 1er Cru above it: La Combe d’Orveaux and is the property of Jacques Prieur.

You will see the contours running across Musigny and Les Petits Musigny continue across the 1er Cru section. I walked in the 1er Cru bit with Romain Taupenot last Wednesday and he confirmed what is obvious from the map and from looking at the soil: that all of the lower part of the 1er cru is of identical soil type, elevation and exposure to the rest of Musigny.

This bit of vineyard is shared between Taupenot-Merme, Bruno Clavelier, Perrot Minot and Faiveley. The story goes that when the classification was being decided, Clavelier’s grandfather didn’t push for the lower bit of La Combe d’Orveaux to be a grand cru because of the extra taxes it would have meant so it was made a 1er cru instead.

Note that both Anne Gros and Jean Grivot also make a Combe d’Orveaux but this is from further up the valley to the left of the 1er Cru and is only classified as villages level. Confusing eh?

Given this discovery, we are delighted that Romain Taupenot has very kindly made some back vintages of Combe d’Orveaux available for our customers to buy (wines listed below).

Availability: Lying at Domaine Taupenot Merme and subject to our normal shipping cycle
1995 Chambolle Musigny Combe d'Orveaux, Domaine Taupenot-Merme


/Cs (6x75cl) IB
2004 Chambolle Musigny Combe d'Orveaux, Domaine Taupenot-Merme


/Cs (6x75cl) IB
2008 Chambolle Musigny Combe d'Orveaux, Domaine Taupenot-Merme


/Cs (6x75cl) IB


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