2015 Domaine Taupenot-Merme Chambolle-Musigny

SKU #1325446 90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Chambolle Musigny has a fragrant bouquet with raspberry, wild strawberry and rose petal aromas that are very well defined. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent ripe tannin, a keen thread of acidity, energetic and very fresh with a lively, vibrant finish. I doubt whether the domaine has ever made a village cru as good as this. (NM)  (12/2016)

87-90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A somber if pretty nose features mostly a variety of red berries and soft floral nuances. There is a lovely sense of refinement to the pure and lacy middle weight flavors that possess solid richness and a certain sleek muscularity, all wrapped in a lingering finish that also displays a subtle hint of warmth. This should drink well young if desired.  (1/2017)

90 points John Gilman

 The 2015 Chambolle AC chez Taupenot was showing very well at the time of my visit, with a nice bounce of sappiness on both the nose and palate. The bouquet delivers a blend of red and black cherries, raw cocoa, gamebird, a good base of soil, a bit of cedar and a floral topnote redolent of violets. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, tangy and quite elegant in profile, with a good core, fine-grained tannins and a long, focused finish. Good juice. 2019-2050.  (1/2017)


 Medium red. Good musky complexity and lift to the aromas of raspberry, minerals and spices. More supple on the palate than the Auxey-Duresses Premier Cru but without quite the same cut. Aeration brought up an element of crushed-cranberry tartness, though, and the wine's edgy acidity and slightly dry-edged tannins will need a couple years of bottle aging to harmonize. Finishes with decent length. (ST)  (3/2017)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.


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- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.
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Chambolle Musigny

- A charming village in the Côte de Nuits, north of Clos Vougeot. Mostly red (and very little white) wine from limestone-dominated soil makes the communes' wine silky, with finesse rather than density. The wines are known for their aromatic purity and elegance. The Grands Crus are Musigny and Bonnes Mares.