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More 2017 Red Burgundy: Marchand Tawse

2017 Pascal Marchand/Marchand Tawse

First off, if you live in the tri-state area, you really don't want to miss this weekend's Loire Valley wine tasting.   Now, let's move on:  Most of my day is spent selling Burgundy to Burgundy lovers with a good part of my day hearing people complain about the prices. Touche! I'm with you. But what I keep telling people over and over again, is to look to some producers who are still under the radar, not discovered by the Burgundy mobs, have the potential to age for decades and believe it or not still reasonable for the price. 

In the past I have waxed on and off about producers such as Harmand Geoffroy, Jerome Chezeaux, Domaine de Montille, Edmond Cornu and many, many more. Well, today comes another producer to add to this illustrious list: Pascal Marchand or as some call: Marchand Tawse––don't ask.

Pascal Marchand was the head winemaker at Comte Armand for many years and has been with this project for about a decade now with vast improvements seemingly every single year. Great real estate including a good chunk of the famous "Suchots" site in Vosne Romanee. Pascal Marchand is the kind of producer who will start to heat up in the next decade. Be prepared!  

Burghound on 2017 Pascal Marchand: "Pascal Marchand, formerly of Domaine Comte Armand and Domaine de la Vougeraie (see herein), has founded his own domaine (see also herein) and négociant operation with financial partner Moray Tawse. With respect to the 2017 vintage, Marchand succinctly noted that "it was really a pretty easy growing season and much, much easier than 2016. The fruit was clean and yields were for the most part reasonable without being especially generous with very good ripeness levels. We used a relatively high percentage of whole clusters which I think helped to add both freshness and a sense of elegance to the wines.."
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2017 Marchand Tawse Bourgogne Pinot Noir 
Newsletter Price: $24.99
BH 86-88: This too is overtly floral in character with a slightly more elegant nose of essence of red pinot and a hint of earth. I like the intensity and freshness of the light weight flavors that also culminate in a mildly rustic finish that is just a bit more firmly constituted.
2017 Marchand Tawse Chambolle Musigny
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BH NR: There is a subtle amount of brett-like phenols present on the earthy red berry fruit nose. The lighter weight flavors possess a finer mouthfeel with good minerality on the lingering finish that is a bit dry. Not Rated.
 
2017 Marchand Tawse Savigny les Beaune 1er Cru Lavieres
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BH 90-92: An exceptionally floral-inflected nose reflects notes of plum, violet, lavender, lilac and plenty of spice nuances. There is both excellent volume and fine mid-palate density to the medium weight flavors that possess fine depth and persistence on the balanced finish that is shaped by much more finely-grained tannins. Lovely and understated.
2017 Marchand Tawse Gevrey Chambertin
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BH 87-89:  A very Gevrey style nose offers up intensely sauvage, forest floor and humus-infused aromas of plum and dark currant. There is excellent intensity to the delineated lighter weight flavors that conclude in a dusty if somewhat short and borderline awkward finish. Again the tannins seem ripe so this may come together and my projected range offers the benefit of the doubt.


2017 Marchand Tawse Vosne Romanee
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BH 87-89: This is the first wine to display any appreciable wood influence and even here it's subtle as it easily allows the spicy aromas of violet, plum and pomegranate to shine. The finer if not denser lighter weight flavors offer reasonably good depth on the compact and youthfully austere finale that displays acceptable persistence.

2017 Marchand Tawse Vosne Romanee 1er Cru Suchots
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BH 90-92: A wonderfully broad-ranging nose reflects plenty of floral influences along with a lovely array of spice elements on the dark berry and Asian-style tea scented nose. The cool, pure and relatively dense medium-bodied flavors coat the palate with sap while displaying very good depth and persistence on the ever-so-slightly warm finish. Even so, this is really quite good and should age effortlessly.

2017 Marchand Tawse Corton Grand Cru
Newsletter Price: $114.99
BH 91-93: Moderate reduction masks everything except the overt wood toast. There is fine richness and punch to the moderately full-bodied flavors that are shaped by ripe tannins on the youthfully austere and slightly lean but impressively complex and persistent finish where a touch of wood resurfaces. This has the potential to be excellent though it is structured like a classic Corton and will certainly require time in bottle.

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