This is the second vintage of the Beaune 1er Tuvilains which, like the other new Beaune 1er Clos de la Mignotte that Maxime purchased, was massively frosted in the spring, intensely limiting the eventual production. Down to Earth detail freaks may recognize that I am a big fan of the site, also produced by team Marchand-Tawse. In fact, both Maxime and Tawse are neighbors in the vineyard, splitting a parcel sold to them by Jadot. For those who have a stereotype of Beaune wines as foursquare and tannic will be shocked by the finesse of this…..it is more a question of viticultural/vinification practice than what the land itself is actually capable of giving, which is why it is a good thing that young ambitious domaines are working to change this perception…..
“Rich purple, the nose is much livelier than for Clos de la Mignotte. Lively vibrant raspberry lots if character and plenty of oak at the back. But the juice is great. Tuvilains is not exactly a household name as a vineyard but Maxim has done a good job here. Tasted: November 2018.” 90-92 Jasper Morris
“Mild reduction pushes the fruit to the background yet it does seem reasonably ripe. There is a lovely sense of freshness and punch to the attractively textured medium-bodied flavors that terminate in a driving and firm if mildly rustic finish. This focused effort will need a few years to soften at least some of the tannic structure. (89-91)/2025+” Allan Meadows