2011 Gevrey Chambertin Bel Air Domaine Taupenot-Merme

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Average critic rating : 90.5 points



A pure, cool and airy nose offers up notes of red currant, underbrush and that Gevrey sauvage character that can also be found on the energetic and beautifully well-detailed medium weight flavors that exhibit a fine minerality on the delicious if mildly austere finish. I like the balance and this should be capable of rewarding up to a decade of cellar time and perhaps a bit more. Tasted: Jan 15, 2014. Drink: 2021+



The 2011 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Bel Air comes from a 0.43-hectare plot of 34-year-old vines. Romain remarked that he discerns more minerality in this cuvee due to the age of the vines and that comes through in this wine. The palate is medium-bodied with a crisp blackberry and raspberry entry. It is tightly-wound at first and then opens nicely with a bright vivacious finish. Very fine. Drink now-2020. ||Taupenot-Merme was my final visit of the week. I have been following these wines for a number of years, even predating my wine writing career. Winemaker Romain Taupenot and his sister Virginie run the domaine in the centre of Morey-Saint-Denis and fashion a classical style of Burgundy wine that I feel has improved in recent years. Their 2011s are well-crafted and are mainly predesigned for early to mid-term consumption. eRobertParker.com.August, 2013

Domaine Taupenot-Merme is based in Morey-St-Denis and has 13 hectares under vine in the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune. With a history stretching back to the mid 18th century, the estate really began to come into its own in 1998 when Romain Taupenot joined the domaine full time. The organically cultivated vines, together with low yields and careful sorting practices produce wines that are full of fruit, expressive bouquets, and gentle tannins.

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