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2019 Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru “Les Pruliers”

Domaine Taupenot-Merme
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From one of the largest appellations, we move on to one much more typical of Burgundy: a small, single plot carved mid-slope on the côte. Also typical of the region is that the plot is divided among numerous growers, some owning several rows, and some but a few bits and pieces no larger than a garden. To look at who owns land in Les Pruliers is to look at a “who’s who” of the Côte de Nuits, which speaks volumes on the quality of this sought-after terroir, celebrated for its potency and complexity. Romain Taupenot refers to his Pruliers as a “festival,” with spiced notes of black pepper and nutmeg jiving with hints of truffles and cherries. A true festival indeed.

Chris Santini

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Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2019
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Pinot Noir
Appellation: Nuits-Saint-Georges
Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Producer: Domaine Taupenot-Merme
Vineyard: .5 ha, Planted in 1973
Soil: Clay, Limestone
Farming: Organic (practicing)
Alcohol: 13.5%

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About The Region

Burgundy

map of Burgundy

In eastern central France, Burgundy is nestled between the wine regions of Champagne to the north, the Jura to the east, the Loire to the west, and the Rhône to the south. This is the terroir par excellence for producing world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

The southeast-facing hillside between Dijon in the north and Maranges in the south is known as the Côte d’Or or “golden slope.” The Côte d’Or comprises two main sections, both composed of limestone and clay soils: the Côte de Nuits in the northern sector, and the Côte de Beaune in the south. Both areas produce magnificent whites and reds, although the Côte de Beaune produces more white wine and the Côte de Nuits more red.

Chablis is Burgundy’s northern outpost, known for its flinty and age-worthy Chardonnays planted in Kimmeridgian limestone on an ancient seabed. Vézelay is a smaller area south of Chablis with similar qualities, although the limestone there is not Kimmeridgian.

To the south of the Côte de Beaune, the Côte Chalonnaise extends from Chagny on its northern end, down past Chalon-sur-Saône and encompasses the appellations of Bouzeron in the north, followed by Rully, Mercurey, Givry, and Montagny.

Directly south of the Chalonnaise begins the Côte Mâconnais, which extends south past Mâcon to the hamlets of Fuissé, Vinzelles, Chaintré, and Saint-Véran. The Mâconnais is prime Chardonnay country and contains an incredible diversity of soils.

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Let the brett nerds retire into protective bubbles, and whenever they thirst for wine it can be passed in to them through a sterile filter. Those of us on the outside can continue to enjoy complex, natural, living wines.

Inspiring Thirst, page 236

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