Domaine Tupinier-Bautista Mercurey Vieilles Vignes Rouge 2018

£24.00

“Wonderfully crunchy, fresh and elegant”
Tim Atkin MW, Decanter, January 2020

Colour

Red

Country

France

Domaine

Domaine Tupinier-Bautista

Grape

Pinot Noir

Region

Burgundy

Vintage

2018

Description

A single plot of 50 year old vines growing on a south east facing slope. Perfumed dark cherry and a touch of mint. Mouth filling attack, layers of sweet dark fruit, good freshness and shape, quite taut, a sense of sap in the grippy structure. Lots of exuberant potential here. 2022+

“This is only a village red, albeit it one from 35 to 50-year-old vines, but it’s wonderfully crunchy, fresh and elegant, showing racy acidity, bright black cherry and raspberry fruit and a sheen of 20% new wood. Fantastic value. Drinking Window 2022 – 2028”
Tim Atkin MW, 92/100, Decanter January 2020

“Manu Bautista’s 2018 Mercurey Vieilles Vignes has turned out very well, offering up an inviting bouquet of smoky cherry and raspberry fruit mingled with raw cocoa, sweet soil tones and a deft framing of oak. Medium to full-bodied, deep and layered, it’s succulent and concentrated, built around lively acids and powdery tannins. While 2018 is an inherently muscular vintage and this will benefit from a few years in the cellar, it’s rendered with such elegance as to be approachable young.”
William Kelley Wine Advocate June 2020

About the Domaine

“Manu Bautista is making some of the most expressive, complex, age worthy reds in the Côte Chalonnaise right now.”
Tim Atkin, Decanter, January 2020

Manu Bautista is an engaging man to taste with. A whirlwind of gestures, snorts, laughter and general enthusiasm, it is clear he enjoys tasting his wines as much as making them. The domaine has recently moved from cramped old cellars in the village to a beautiful modern winery surrounded by vines. It is a mark of Manu’s character that he has built a swimming pool outside his tasting room. Everything is hand harvested, and the grapes are destemmed before a 15 day fermentation. The village and 1er Crus see a year in barrel. His wines are delicious, richly fruited and exuberant with fine structure and plenty of energy, they drink at 3-5 years but continue to improve in the cellar for longer. The 1er Cru Vellées shows an extra tautness and finesse from the old vines and limestone soil, it is cool and fresh despite 2018s warmth.

In the words of the Wine Advocate’s William Kelley “supple, fragrant reds bursting with vibrant fruit that entirely conceals their velvety tannins… in short, Bautista is one of a small handful of producers that demonstrate just what is possible when Mercurey’s terroirs are lavished with the same attention devoted to their more famous Côte d’Or counterparts.”

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