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Taupenot Merme Charmes Chambertin 1999

Allen Meadow 92


There is an abundance of sweet, rich pinot fruit and deliciously round flavors with good intensity and plenty of underlying material. The tannins are completely wrapped in velvet and pinot extract. Elegant, powerful and very long. A first rate Charmes that should enjoy a long life.


Romain Taupenot reports that the Domaine's yields averaged 42 hl/ha for the villages wines and between 38 and 40 hl/ha for the 1ers and grands crus. The grapes came in with excellent sugar levels and chaptalization was minimal though acidities were on the low side and several wines were lightly acidulated. I tasted the wines from holding tanks where they were resting before the upcoming mise, which will probably be done in January.
The Domaine modified it's vinification approach in 2000 to include a chauffage post fermentaire, or a heating of the must to around 40 degrees Centigrade for 24 hours at the end of the fermentation; this is done in a sealed tank to extract the so-called "noble" tannins. It's use is being advocated by the local trade organization called the Bureau Interprofessionnel des Vins de Bourgogne (commonly referred to as the B.I.V.B.). To be sure, its use is controversial with some vignerons swearing by it and others swearing at it.

Taupenot Merme Charmes Chambertin 1999

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