One of my great moments this summer was a visit at Marchand-Tawse in Nuits-Saint-Georges.
To be honest the visit came somewhat unannounced, as the visit was not planned in advance – so a surprise visit so to speak. So a bit unprepared from my side – especially regarding the entry wines – so will have to go back to those next time.
But to be honest – the visit worked out very well, and the wines were showing beautifully as one could have hoped for. I have been very happy about the Marchand-Tawse/Tawse wines for quite some time – finding them both highly drinkable and interesting quality wise.
The visit was held by Thomas Dinel – one of the wine makers at Marchand-Tawse. I also had the pleasure of briefly meeting Pascal Marchand – great to greet him too.
So happy days … to the visit then
Tawse and Marchand-Tawse
The Tawse and Marchand-Tawse estate is a rather new estate although the very start seem to be in 2004 – and since the acquisition of Domaine Maume the organisation of the Marchand-Tawse estate now getting more clear.
Marchand-Tawse is both a negociant house making wines from acquired grapes and a domaine that own vineyards and produce wines from these terroirs. In the beginning the domaine part of the estate was relatively small, but after Moray Tawse bought the Maume estate in Gevrey-Chambertin, then the domaine part have increased significantly.
The organisation is a corporation between the two Canadians Moray Tawse and Pascal Marchand – further details are in reality needless – as we will let the wines talk.
The wines of Marchand-Tawse
First of all Tawse/Marchand-Tawse produce quite a bunch of wines – and to separate the negociant wines from the Domaine wines can be done on paper, but I doubt that a blind tasting would reveal all the negociant wines and all the domaine wines – to me at least. The wines are in principle of the same build and style.
Style wise the wines elegant, the wines are charming, forward and quite silky, with a lovely display of terroir and appellation. In other words wines with a lovely display of fruit – and a lovely drinkability. They are wines of true enjoyment – although the intensity increases as the quality blossom. They are both significant and substantial when you reach a certain level.
Tasting notes Marchand-Tawse 2017
I have only tasted a sample of the wines – many more are produced. These are however the wines I have chosen – enjoy the show …
Domaine Marchand-Tawse, Nuits-Saint-Georges Longecourt 2017
A classic NSG village – Longecourt is located below Les Saint-Georges. A pure and vibrant wine – 100% whole cluster. It’s vivid and quite forward and relatively lightfooted .. drinking quite beautifully. Quite the essence of Marchand-Tawse. Not extremely NSG … for my money.
(Drink from 2026) – Good++ – (86 – 88p) – Tasted 07/06/2018.
Domaine Marchand-Tawse, Vosne-Romanée Champs Perdrix 2017
The Vosne-Romanée Champs Perdrix 2017 is a delightful glass. From the steep hill above La Tâche comes a floral and vivid wine. 30% whole cluster and 30% new oak. A forward and floral nose – with a very expressive nose. On the palate lively – a bit lighter than the Maizieres but more floral and forward. I really enjoyed this .. despite it’s relative lightness.
(Drink from 2026) – Very Good – (88 – 89p) – Tasted 07/06/2018.
Domaine Marchand-Tawse, Beaune Clos du Roy 2017
The Beaune Clos du Roy – coming from a 1er cru in the northern part of Beaune – and from the original Clos surrounded by the original stony wall right at the bottom of the Marconnet vineyard. It’s more robust fruit wise with fresh and pretty red and dark fruits. On the palate rather big and juicy – classic Beaune with a rich juicy fruit. A lovely year for Beaune.
(Drink from 2026) – Very Good – (88 – 89p) – Tasted 07/06/2018.
Domaine Marchand-Tawse, Volnay Fremiets 2017
The Volnay Fremiets is a 1er cru located south of the village and is producing a forward and juicy wine. In the nose dark and red fruit – lovely energy here. On the palate also vivid and forward … a quite tremendous airyness.
(Drink from 2025) – Very Good – (89 – 91p) – Tasted 07/06/2018.
Domaine Marchand-Tawse, Vosne-Romanée “Maizieres” 2017
The Vosne-Romanée “Maizieres is forward and vivid – lovely fruit and a lovely tension. Quite a share of millerandage berries from the 60 – 70 year old vines. A tremendous fruit for the vintage – with a lovely depth and silky richness. A lovely wine – I do adore this section of Vosne.
(Drink from 2026) – Very Good – (89 – 90p) – Tasted 07/06/2018.
Domaine Marchand-Tawse, Morey Clos des Ormes 2017
The Morey Clos des Ormes is showing very well – coming from 65 y.o. wines. From the vineyard below Clos de La Roche – 25% whole cluster and almost next to Mazoyéres-Chambetin. A more forward fruity wine – lovely energy and lighter in color than the Grand Crus – 25% new oak – silky and delightful.
(Drink from 2026) – Fine – (91 – 92p) – Tasted 07/06/2018.
Domaine Marchand-Tawse, Mazoyéres-Chambertin 2017
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