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Domaine Tawse, bridging the new with the old world

Domaine Tawse, bridging the new with the old world

May 10, 2021

Michael Lee

The Cote de Nuits is considered by many as the yardstick for measuring the best Pinot Noirs in the world, it is no secret that these are also the most sought-after wines in the world. It is in this region that Pinot Noir reaches its full potential in producing bold, concentrated, perfumed, elegant and velvety wines.

Pascal Marchand was originally from Quebec but had ambitions to make wine in Burgundy. He has began his winemaking career in the New World but has married the techniques and the sensibilities of both Old and New World styles in making his wines. His career in Burgundy was highlighted when he managed Domaine Comte Armand (and under his tutelage influenced another emerging popular winemaker, Benjamin Leroux). He established his own négociant in partnership with his fellow Canadian, Moray Tawse. The négociant first began purchasing from different growers in Burgundy but as the quality and popularity of the wines grew, so did their portfolio, with them purchasing Domaine Maume in the Cote de Nuits in 2011. Their wines are now sold in multiple labels: The négociant which takes Marchand-Tawse and the Domaine wines which now use Domaine Tawse (to avoid confusion with Domaine Marchand-Freres)

Many call Vosne-Romanee the greatest village of Burgundy as it has 5 Grand Crus in its heart with the world’s most highly valued Pinot Noirs coming from here. Wines from here are perfumed with aromas of red fruits and rose petals balanced with some smokiness and sweet spices from the oak which develop into chocolate and plum flavors as they age.

A lot of Gevrey-Chambertin is made with different levels of quality but this coming from the Domaine of Marchand-Tawse, equates it to one with exceptional quality. The best of Gevrey Chambertin are good-valued wines with bold, strong, ripe red berry flavors, that develop into aromas of chocolate, dried rose petals, and game as it ages.


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