Auxey-Duresses Blanc, Domaine Taupenot Merme 2017

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Auxey-Duresses Blanc, Domaine Taupenot Merme 2017

A restaurant favourite, because of the value to quality ratio, and because it is delicious and thoroughly approachable. 

While based in Morey-Saint-Denis, Domaine Taupenot-Merme has collection of prime vineyards across both the Cote de Nuits and the Cote de Beaune. A significant proportion of their 13 hectare holdings are in premier and grand cru plots, including the grands crus Clos des Lambrays, Charmes-Chambertin, Corton-Rognet and Mazoyères-Chambertin. Much of these vineyards contain old vines which have been supplemented with newer plantings from massale selections of their strongest vines.

Seventh-generation Romain Taupenot is in charge of winemaking, aided by his sister Virginie. Organic farming has been practiced since 2001, and once harvested grapes are 100% de-stemmed before a cold soak and indigenous fermentation. Oak use is also sympathetic with only 25% new oak used for the village wines and up to 40% for the grand and premier cru.

While the wines can carry a healthy degree of richness, they are always balanced by freshness so as to be a pure and faithful representation of their origin.

The Taupenot-Merme family owns 0.61Ha of village-designated Chardonnay vines spread across three plots in Auxey-Duresses, with about half of the vines planted in 1957 and the other half in 2009.