Red Burgundy-Cote de Nuits

2016 Marchand Tawse Morey Saint Denis 1er Clos des Ormes

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: $69.00

This one is another perennial pet favorite from Morey (where they have been very strong house specialty for many years, a trend that I am told may not last much longer....), that in year's past was made in an even more delicate, pale and pretty style that is swoon worthy. This year, they decided to work the wine a bit more, including 25% whole cluster, and the same pale and pretty face is in '16 given greater stuffing and structure. Mark mentioned that he things that the infusion style that team Tawse has historically used for many of the wines, whilst flatteringly accessible, may leave some things out. This was a great example of that point of view, as I can't deny that there is more depth in this year's Clos des Ormes, which was already a great wine in the lineup. My note : "WOW. The same kernel of stunning fruit purity that I perennially find here is now given even more finessed tension by working the wine a bit more. This is fantastic." I gave this one a little *.
"This was so firmly reduced that the reductive funk extended to the palate as well, which is never a good sign. While this could well clean up, it’s pointless to guess. Not Rated." Allan Meadows

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This one is another perennial pet favorite from Morey (where they have been very strong house specialty for many years, a trend that I am told may not last much longer….), that in year’s past was made in an even more delicate, pale and pretty style that is swoon worthy. This year, they decided to work the wine a bit more, including 25% whole cluster, and the same pale and pretty face is in ’16 given greater stuffing and structure. Mark mentioned that he things that the infusion style that team Tawse has historically used for many of the wines, whilst flatteringly accessible, may leave some things out. This was a great example of that point of view, as I can’t deny that there is more depth in this year’s Clos des Ormes, which was already a great wine in the lineup. My note : “WOW. The same kernel of stunning fruit purity that I perennially find here is now given even more finessed tension by working the wine a bit more. This is fantastic.” I gave this one a little *.
“This was so firmly reduced that the reductive funk extended to the palate as well, which is never a good sign. While this could well clean up, it’s pointless to guess. Not Rated.” Allan Meadows