2020 Marchand-Tawse Nuits Saint Georges La Petite Charmotte
Pascal Marchand, Canadian by birth and from Quebec, became known as a 'flying winemaker' in Australia and Chile, but because of his passion for Bougogne and the advice of the legendary Henri Jayer, he came to France in 1983 to actually become a winemaker in his favorite region . He was directly inspired by the young generation of pioneers, who started using organic and biodynamic methods.
The Marchand-Tawse Nuits Saint Georges La Petite Charmotte is a 100% Pinot Noir coming from the village (and Appelatie) Nuits Saint George. This small village gives the name to the Côte de Nuits, and its patron saint Saint-Georges gives the name to their most famous wine. It is home to quite a few of Burgundy's well-known wine merchants. The appellation is divided into two by the city itself. Wines from the northern part near Vosne have a more purple color, are rich and aromatic, with impressions of plums and cherries. Wines from the more southern climats seem more muscular and powerful, with hints of forest fruits and black currants. They are stubborn wines that require time. A few years of cellar aging makes them rounder, more typical and more sensual.
The soil of the vineyard consists of clay for only a few centimeters and then limestone and rock. 70% of the hand-harvested grapes are destemmed and 30% of the whole bunch are given a five-day cold maceration with two punch downs a.k.a. "pigeage" a day at the start of alcoholic fermentation, then pumped over during macaration for a gentle extraction during approx. 18 days. The wine then matures for 20 months in 2nd and 3rd year oak. No new oak is deliberately used in order not to influence the noble fruit too much. The barrels are made of French oak and are barrels from Allier, Jupilles and Nevers. The wine is not clarified or filtered.
The La Petite Charmotte has a beautiful light ruby red color in the glass - typical for a Pinot Noir from Burgundy. The nose is still a bit tight in its young years, but with some waltzes and watts of time, the wine comes completely loose and we smell red cherry and red berries, but also more complex mineral notes, forest soil and autumn leaves. In the mouth rich and full of expression with a nice spiciness. The price / quality of this Nuits Saint Georges La Petite Charmotte is absolutely perfect, especially with the enormous price increases in Burgundy.
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Pascal Marchand, Canadian by birth and from Quebec, became known as a 'flying winemaker' in Australia and Chile, but because of his passion for Bougogne and the advice of the legendary Henri Jayer he came to France in 1983 to actually become a winemaker in his favorite region . He was directly inspired by the young generation of pioneers, who started using organic and biodynamic methods.
The story of the Maison Marchand-Tawse in Burgundy begins with the extraordinary story of Pascal Marchand, the French-Canadian boy prodigy, who took over the reins of the Clos des Epeneaux in Pommard in 1985 at the age of 22. He became an overnight sensation, and is certainly one of the founders of modern Burgundy. But the Clos des Epeneaux is small. And for a young, talented and ambitious winemaker, 15 years was enough. He needed a new challenge. And he found one!
Pascal was approached by Jean-Charles Boisset, scion of the family that controls the third largest French wine group, who wanted to create a domain that would be the showcase for the family's other companies. So with the 1999 vintage, the Domaine de la Vougeraie was launched, giving Pascal the management of more than 90 hectares of Burgundy vineyards, from simple regional appellations to Grand Crus. It was the largest creation of a single estate in Burgundy since the end of World War II. And it quickly became a reference for modern Burgundian production. Pascal took the entire domain into organic farming, with a biodynamic approach. It was revolutionary. During the seven years he was there, Pascal also participated in the development of several other projects in the Boisset group outside Burgundy and abroad. At the same time, he worked as a consultant for wineries around the world, becoming one of the most famous "flying winemakers".
Marchand developed his own wine estate and established himself with his financial partner Moray Tawse as a micro-negociant under the name Marchand-Tawse. In addition, in 2011 this partnership acquired the former and important Domaine Maume, now labeled as Maume-Marchand-Tawse and since then positive reforms have been implemented. Despite the expansions, Marchand deliberately wants to keep it small-scale on the domain. His wines offer great drinking pleasure at a young age, but are vinified in such a way that they can ripen beautifully with confidence and appear to develop well. Each produced wine is approached individually in order to optimally show its own character and terroir origin. The use of wood is therefore highly differentiated and biodynamic methods are becoming increasingly noticeable.
|Type of Wine||Red|
|Appellation||Côte de Nuits|
|Drinking as of||2023|
|Tasting Profiles||Earthy, Rustic, Complex, Dry, Fruity, Aged on wood, Mineral, Red fruit, Flexible|
|Drink moments||Cadeau!, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Open haard, Romantisch|