Marchand Tawse Beaune 1er Cru Les Teurons (750ml)
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French-Canadian Pascal Marchand moved to France in 1985 when he was 22 years old, beginning his winemaking journey at Clos des Epeneaux in Pommard and becoming part of a new generation of Burgundy producers who believed that good wine starts in the vineyard. After several stints all around the world and an impressive resume of consulting, Pascal became one of the best known “flying winemakers.”
Moray Tawse is a financier by trade, serving as the vice president and co-founder of First National. After realizing the potential of winemaking in Niagara, Ontario, Moray purchased his first six acres of vineyard in 2000. Five years later, he opened Tawse winery and has since acquired 200 acres of vineyards all over the Niagara region- being named Canadian Winery of the year in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2016.
Marchand-Tawse is a co-venture between Pascal and Moray; this duo of vignerons/micro-négociants are working with their partner-growers in the many appellations of Burgundy while embracing organic and biodynamic farming practices, crafting wines of purity and class.
This Premier Cru red Burgundy has a well-defined bouquet of bramble berry fruit complimented by light peppery notes from the addition of stems during fermentation and sweet warm tobacco notes that emerge with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins and harmonious structure. A pleasing salinity comes through on the finish.
The Beaune Teurons 1er Cru is an estate grown wine from Marchand Tawse. The vines are close to 50 years old growing on a red/brown soil composed of iron and clay. 40% whole bunch pressed with the inclusion of stems. The juice undergoes a short cold maceration, pigeage twice a day at the start of alcoholic fermentation then gentle pump-overs for extraction for 18 days. 30% of the wine is aged in French Allier and Troncais lightly toasted new oak. The wine if bottled unfiltered and unfined.
It’s wines like this that are the reason why people love Pinot Noir so much – it’s a shining example of what straight-up delicious Red Burgundy should taste like. Effortlessly elegant, deceptively complex, there’s an almost hedonistic quality on display here. Life’s too short to drink bad Pinot, and if you’re just beginning to explore the grape, this is a great place to start.