This is a rarely seen delight that takes on truly remarkable dimension chez Taupenot. From a .45 hectare morsel of 45+ year old vines, just above the Clos de Bèze, up against the forest. I tasted the ’17, and it blew me away…..This had gorgeous floral intensity, with a small hint of Gevrey meatiness adding complexity, and whiff of the limestone mother rock…In the mouth, this has the kind of dazzling tension between intensity and weightlessness that make the Clos de Bèze so impossibly/magically delicious, with deep red fruited sappiness and deep calcaire en troc (pure big pieces of limestone mother rock) minerality leaving my tastebuds quivering in sperically expansive yet weightless fashion, an ever rising intense violet perfume and saltiness on the finish. There is no two ways to slice it, this is plain class in a glass. A little * awarded here. I believe that the ’17 may be an even more zen example than the low yielding frost affected concentration of the ’16, but both promise to be exceptional reference point worthy examples, for sure…….
“Healthy dark red. A bit less black and more floral than the La Riotte, offering aromas of strawberry, raspberry and minerals plus a whiff of game. Silky on entry, then concentrated, supple and juicy, showing lovely violet and chalky mineral lift to the black cherry fruit. The crop level was down 60% due to the frost but there’s nothing clenched about this wine today. Finishes with ripe, fine-grained tannins and excellent spicy length. This vineyard just below the forest has benefited from global warming, noted Taupenot.” 91-93 Steve Tanzer for the 2016