75cl * Biodynamic * 13% ABV * Burgundy, France
Domaine Tawse is a new venture started in 2011 by Pascal Marchand (formerly of Comte Armand and Domaine de la Vougeraie) and Canadian Morey Tawse. The wines are made by Englishman Mark Fincham (ex Domaine de Pegau) and tend to be of a fuller style but approachable young.
Marchand-Tawse swear by the impact of lunar cycles on viticulture, timing all their winemaking operations in accordance with the biodynamic calendar, claiming it is the best way “to take advantage of nature’s rhythm and energy.” One of Pascal’s favourite Premier Crus in the portfolio, he notes that their Clos du Roi plot is the only one which is a genuine walled Clos and was probably the original Clos of King Louis IX. There is a clear difference in quality between the top and bottom of Clos du Roi, and this wine shows what can be achieved at the top.
“Dark crimson with some real intensity and structure. Dry, promising finish and some rather magnificent fruit plus a neat finish.. Drink 2026-2040.” 16.5++ points Jancis Robinson MW
“The 2020 Beaune Clos du Roi 1er Cru is 50% whole bunch with 20% new oak. It has impressive clarity on the nose with bilberry and raspberry fruit, fine delineation and poise. The palate is medium-bodied with gentle tannins, the whole bunch lending a discrete black pepper note on the finish. Very fine and quite stately in style. Drink 2025-2040.“ (91-93) points, Vinous (Neal Martin)
~ Taurus Tasting from a cask sample tasted January 2022 ~
"Full on damson cherry and plum with a great and weight on the palate and freshness that delivers a lightness of touch."