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Domaine Taupenot-Merme Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru 'La Riotte'
- Burgundy, France
Another richly satisfying range of wines from Romain, who continues to craft wines of structure, clear vineyard expression and complexity from an exciting array of vineyards. The wines are high class examples of their appellations but still offer good value. Romain told us that despite the stress on the vines due to nearly four weeks of temperatures above 35 degrees, there were (just) sufficient bursts of rain to ensure balanced ripening. This led to a good number of small, healthy, concentrated berries, with harvest beginning on 4th September and concluding ten days later. This early picking has ensured wines with plenty of flesh but also freshness, as the decrease in acidity from the must to finished wine was limited, so they are balanced with pH at 3.5 – 3.65, and alcohols at 13.2-13.8. Romain describes the vintage as “gourmandise”, but not as much as 2015, as has more freshness. The wines are juicy and fruitful with sophisticated structure and good ageing potential. New oak is at 40% maximum for grand crus, 25-30% for premier crus, and 20% for village wines.
With 80cm of clay over limestone, the soils here have the same typology as Mazoyeres and the vineyards stretch along Clos Saint Denis, so this definitely has Grand Cru pretensions. Expressive sweet blue and red berries alongside typically herbaceous herbal aromatics. Sweet cherry and ripe plums on the palate, pastille and pastry notes, plusher and more refined than in cooler vintages. Sophisticated yet rather hedonistic, with long sweet tannins. Tom, Wine Guru
Bright crimson to purple. Quite a stern nose after succulent Chambolle, and with darker fruit. Very nicely balanced on the palate, dark cherry with a drier finish, middleweight, subdued tannins, could be livelier. Rich clay soil. 90-93/100, Jasper Morris MW
The 2018 Morey-Saint-Denis La Riotte 1er Cru has a taut, well-defined bouquet, blackberry, sous-bois and light cedar aromas bubbling up in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-boned tannins and quite sappy, revealing a delicate touch of black pepper toward the finish. Good length here, and a very competent La Riotte. Excellent. This comes recommended.91-93/100, Neal Martin, Vinous
Romain Taupenot rates this 0.56ha parcel of 60-year-old vines as one of the best Premiers Crus in Morey-St-Denis. Located on clay-based soils that coped better with the heat of 2018, it has some pepper spice, plush, textured red and black fruit flavours, plush tannins and enough acidity and minerality for balance and harmony. 93/100, Tim Atkin MW
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