A Danish wine merchant and wine enthusiast has started to produce wines in Burgundy – and presumably also in the Rhone valley. Exciting news …
His name is Thomas Dam, and frankly this is a very promising first attempt from the Burgundy side. Actually it’s much more than that: It is a exciting new wine from the Comblanchien vineyard Les Retraits, a vineyard classified as Côte de Nuits Villages.
Thomas Dam Côte de Nuits Villages Les Retraits 2017
The Thomas Dam Les Retraits is an exciting wine, coming from the terroir just south of Clos de la Marechale, although much different terroir-wise. The wine is vinified with 40% whole cluster grapes, offering a lovely floral complexity along with the charming and complex 2017 fruit. It’s cool and lively with fine energy and a mineral backbone; this is a good terroir. The oak is somewhat prominent currently – he matured with wine in used DRC and Francois Freres casks – and it will need some time so integrate and unfold, as currently it has a somewhat cool and backward oak note. Still, this is very charming, with notes of violets and the enjoyable 2017 fruit. I will definitely follow Thomas Dam – in his Burgundy adventure at least. What pleasent surprise – stort tillykke (chapeau) to the first Burgundy!
(Drink from 2027) – Good+ – (88p) – Tasted 22/10/2019