Red Burgundy-Cote de Nuits

2016 Marchand Tawse Clos Saint Denis Grand cru

This is the northern half of Burgundy's famed Cote D'Or. It is home to perhaps the noblest expression of Pinot Noir on planet Earth, if not the noblest expression of any wine on Earth; the minute yet palpable differences from single parcels of land were intuited by Cistercian monks who farmed the 'golden slope' for approximately two thousand years. From Corgoloin in the south, to Marsannay in the north, the finesse and complexity of the wines is at times both hauntingly beautiful and mind boggling. Its most celebrated villages: Nuits St Georges, Vougeot, Flagey Echezeaux, Vosne Romanee, Chambolle Musigny, Gevrey Chambertin, and Morey St Denis.

Price: $199.00

In each and every year, I consider the Marchand-Tawse Clos Saint Denis and Clos de la Roche as blind, no-brainer, outstanding examples, a trend that reliably continues here. 25% whole clusters this year. This is the stunningly pure, spherically expansive yet weightless face of Clos Saint Denis at its best, the reason that the village itself takes its name. Get what you can justify, and thank me later. A little * awarded here.
"(13.4% alcohol; from what Thomas Dinel described as well-placed 65-year-old vines; vinified with 25% whole clusters and aging in two-thirds new oak): Bright medium red. Pungent aromas and flavors of red berries, crushed stone and rose petal. Silky, tactile and thick, combining a deep sweetness with penetrating acidity and saline minerality. Boasts superb volume for young Clos Saint-Denis but also outstanding energy. Really saturates the palate and vibrates on the very long aftertaste. A splendid Clos Saint-Denis in the making." 93-95 Steve Tanzer

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In each and every year, I consider the Marchand-Tawse Clos Saint Denis and Clos de la Roche as blind, no-brainer, outstanding examples, a trend that reliably continues here. 25% whole clusters this year. This is the stunningly pure, spherically expansive yet weightless face of Clos Saint Denis at its best, the reason that the village itself takes its name. Get what you can justify, and thank me later. A little * awarded here.
“(13.4% alcohol; from what Thomas Dinel described as well-placed 65-year-old vines; vinified with 25% whole clusters and aging in two-thirds new oak): Bright medium red. Pungent aromas and flavors of red berries, crushed stone and rose petal. Silky, tactile and thick, combining a deep sweetness with penetrating acidity and saline minerality. Boasts superb volume for young Clos Saint-Denis but also outstanding energy. Really saturates the palate and vibrates on the very long aftertaste. A splendid Clos Saint-Denis in the making.” 93-95 Steve Tanzer