Located in Morey Saint Denis, in the heart of the prestigious Côte de Nuits, Domaine TAUPENOT-MERME is an old family estate, today managed by the 7th generation in siblings Romain and Virginie Taupenot. They cultivate nine hectares in the Côte de Nuits and another five in the Côte de Beaune. This impressive array of holdings traces back to the marriage of their parents, Denise Merme and Jean Taupenot, in 1963 - a union which brought together vineyards from the Taupenot family, based in Saint-Romain, with those belonging to the Mermes, from Morey-Saint-Denis. A significant portion of the domaine’s present-day holdings are in premier cru and grand cru appellations, and all of the premiers crus are enviably placed. The vineyards are composed of some very old vines (70+) with the average age exceeding 40 years.
Having farmed organically since 2001, the younger Taupenots have been fine-tuning the house style for some time. They produce nineteen exceptional wines across seventeen appellations, with a focus on purity and clear vineyard expression. Romain jokingly refers to himself as a “lazy winemaker,” prioritising work in the vineyard in order to minimise the need for intervention in the cellar. The grapes are hand-harvested and undergo a cold soak before fermentation with wild yeast, a method pioneered by the late, great Henri Jayer. Cellar operations are gentle and performed with the goal of expressing the nuances of each specific vineyard site. Accordingly, commercial yeasts, enzymes and other additives are out of the question, and new oak is used judiciously. With few exceptions, the wines are bottled unfiltered, with sulfur kept to a minimum.
Consistently fresh and tensile, these are focused wines of immense grace and elegance.