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Domaine Taupenot-Merme Nuits St Georges 1er Cru 'les Pruliers'
- 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.
Another site that benefits from the warmer weather to ensure full ripeness. This is charming but powerful, impressively complete, the nose sweet, herbal, and spicy, with red berries and black plums. The palate moves to viscous, darker fruits which coat the mouth nicely, but are refreshed by a saline finish and chalky but not drying tannins. Increasingly this is one to watch from Romain. Tom, Wine Guru
The 2018 Nuits Saint-Georges Les Pruliers 1er Cru has an impressive bouquet that mingles red and black fruit, woodland/autumn leaves and a pinch of sage. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, very composed and with good intensity. The backbone of this Pruliers is evident toward the finish, which displays fine salinity, completing an accomplished wine. 91-93/100, Neal Martin, Vinous
93/100, Tim Atkin MW
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