This is the third 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…..
I adore the charm of Tuvilains, and think that this is a great example of Maxime’s touch, without having to break the bank. Value hounds should focus here…..
“A fresh but definitely ripe nose offers up notes of poached plum, black cherry and warm earth scents. There is excellent volume to the caressing yet relatively powerful flavors also possess good density before culminating in a moderately rustic and sneaky long finish. This won’t win any awards for refinement but I like the character. (89-91)/2030+” Allan Meadows
“Clean mid purple. Nothing overheated here, indeed having tried a few of his wines from the Côte de Nuits, this has an admirable freshness with a little fresh orange peel adding a zesty touch. Very good length.” 90-92 Jasper Morris
“From a parcel purchased in 2016, the 2018 Beaune 1er Cru Les Tuvilains offers up inviting aromas of cherries, raspberries, licorice and loamy soil. Medium to full-bodied, lively and enveloping, with powdery tannins, succulent acids and a charmingly enveloping profile, this will offer a broad drinking window.” 90 William Kelley