2017 Marchand – Tawse Morey-St-Denis 1er Cru
Clos Des Ormes
Marchand-Tawse straddles the line between tradition and innovation, a concept that is both Old World and New World in origin. Native Quebecois Pascal Marchand seeks to express terroir like the Burgundian he has become over the last three decades, while also embodying his New World roots, where gumption, hard work and forward-thinking foster change. Joined by fellow Canadian Moray Tawse, this duo is at the forefront of a new wave of vignerons and micro-négociants who, with their partner-growers, embrace organic and biodynamic farming practices while rejecting dogma.
Since 2010, they have acquired their own village, premier cru, and grand cru parcels, and they purchased Gevrey-Chambertin’s famous Domaine Maume in 2012. Pascal promotes a spirit of collaboration in the cellars with the help of rising stars Mark Fincham and Thomas Dinel. Together, this team has birthed a new fusion style of wine with pure, fresh, elegant, satiny and aromatic burgundies that are both true to their varietal and their terroir—a revolution the likes of which Burgundy has never seen before!
On the foothill just below the ‘Route des Grands Crus’, underneath Clos de la Roche Grand Cru. Clos des Ormes has a similar terroir to the Clos de la Roche vineyard above, with a shallow layer of clay and marly, rocky limestone soils. These soils are free draining and not very deep.
This vineyard was initially founded by monks at the nearby Cîteaux Abbey. This land has been officially certified as lying in the Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru appellation zone, with a total area of 4.50 hectares.
Winehog 92+ Points: The Morey Clos des Ormes is showing very well – coming from 65 y.o. wines. From the vineyard below Clos de La Roche – 25% whole cluster and almost next to Mazoyéres-Chambetin. A more forward fruity wine – lovely energy and lighter in color than the Grand Crus – 25% new oak – silky and delightful. Drink from 2024.
Winemaker Notes: A resolutely red colour. The bouquet features tremendous complexity, with in general the fruitier aromas prevailing during the earlier years before giving way to some of the meatier tones. Spicier fragrances effuse throughout ageing, instilling a unique and special character associated with Côte de Nuits wines. This might be our best Clos des Ormes produced thus far.
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