2014 Taupenot Merme Premier Cru Gevrey Chambertin 'Bel Air'
The vineyard just above Clos de Beze. A greaat value for Burgundy lovers.
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17+/20 – Jancis Robinson MW
96/100 – Tim Atkin MW
90-92/100 – Burghound
90-92/100 – Steven Tanzer
Neal Martin "The 2014 Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Bel Air has a tightly wound, slightly floral bouquet that just needs to develop a little more intensity. The palate has a citrus-fresh entry, quite minerally and transparent with a fine line of acidity; it is precise towards the Morey-like finish that is stern and laconic at the moment, but it should find its voice with time."
Jancis Robinson "From the vineyard just above Clos de Bèze. The only parcel that is not classified as grand cru round about here. Vines are 30+ years old. Similar soil and elevation as Ruchottes. Steeper slope than Ruchottes. Lots of fresh air circulates from Combe St-Jacques. Very refined and precise. Not opulent. But sinewy and with a significant story to tell. Lots of fine tannin in evidence. Very clean finish."
Allen Meadows "(from a .43 ha parcel). Reduction. There is however good freshness and detail to the utterly delicious, complex and mineral-driven medium-bodied flavors that display a taut muscularity as well as a sophisticated mouth feel as the fine-grained tannins are especially refined on the saline and impressively intense finish. This too is really quite good and worth checking out.
Tim Atkin "One of the few producers to make Bel-Air (alas, given how wonderful this cool, east-facing site can be), Romain Taupenot has produced a deliciously fragrant, elegant wine from his parcel of 35-year-old vines. Refreshing, pure and ethereal, with crunchy acidity and fine tannins."
Steve Tanzer "(from 35-year-old vines on shallow, rocky, oolitic limestone soil directly above Clos de Bèze, with similar geology to the Ruchottes du Dessus just to the north, according to Taupenot): Full red. Vibrant aromas of black raspberry, clove and licorice. Refreshing limestone-driven acidity gives a tangy, high-altitude quality to the intense dark berry flavors. This energetic if tightly wound wine finishes with excellent grip and thrust, with a piquant touch of orange peel."
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