Romain Taupenot’s family home and winery are situated just above the route des grands crus as it passes through Morey Saint Denis, deep in the heart of grand cru country in Burgundy’s Côte de Nuits. His backyard, rising steeply behind, is the grand cru vineyard of Clos des Lambrays. While the domaine is based in Morey—the village named after its most famous grand cru, Clos Saint Denis—it owns even more vines in nearby Chambolle Musigny to the south and Gevrey Chambertin to the north. The family’s holdings also extend to the Côte de Beaune, centered principally around the lovely hilltop village of Saint Romain. This inspiring collection of top-flight Burgundian vineyards was created by the union of the Taupenot family from Saint Romain with the Merme family from Morey Saint Denis in 1963. Romain and his sister Virginie are the ninth generation of their family to run the domaine. Their wines emphasize purity and finesse, two qualities I hold very dear with my Burgundian Pinot Noir! The KLWM portfolio has not included a grower in Morey for several decades. It has also been a few years since we have had any Saint Romain in our book, an appellation that Kermit discovered early in his career and has enthusiastically promoted ever since. Yes, the Taupenot-Merme wines fill many needs here at KLWM, and will fill many of our cellars as well as yours!
As far as I know, Kermit has never explicitly asked Kuentz-Bas to craft a series of wines to keep us engaged, on our toes, and refreshed most every night of the week. But, as you’ll discover by sampling the wines in this collection, that is—remarkably—what this domaine has done...
Nearly all of our 2021 rosés are now in stock, and they were well worth the wait. A relatively cool growing season across France yielded zingier-than-usual wines marked by bracing acidity and crisp, fresh fruit from the Loire Valley all the way down to the Mediterranean.
Well, one bottle led to another, and before you can learn how to pronounce “Loire” like a true Frenchman, Paul had created four recipes to accompany and show off the wines from the four Loire wine regions.
Through their various bottlings, these three domaines contribute to a collection of Chablis marked by place, each reflecting a unique site and the commitment of a talented vigneron. They communicate the Chablisien goût de terroir—that unequaled aroma and flavor that can only come from Chardonnay grown in this chilly pocket of northern Burgundy.
The only thing we like better than great wine is great wine that doesn’t cost much and we’re happy to report that a bottle of great wine can still be found for $20 or less. We’ve put together a collection of our favorites all in one place for your browsing pleasure: bargain whites, rosés, reds, and a couple of sparklers.
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