Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Nuits Cuvée Maëlie, Dom. Tardy 2015

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Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Nuits Cuvée Maëlie, Dom. Tardy 2015.jpg

Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Nuits Cuvée Maëlie, Dom. Tardy 2015

29.95

Domaine Jean Tardy et Fils is an interesting domaine. Jean Tardy (Guillaume’s father) learnt his craft tending to the vineyards and working alongside the legendary Henri Jayer at Domaine Méo-Camuzet for many years. In fact, his time working at Méo-Camuzet was more crucial to his story than simply the place where he honed his skills and gained the majority of his experience. Domaine Tardy was born from a gift of some vineyard plots from his employers at Méo-Camuzet, who valued him greatly and wanted to give him a leg up. Over the years the Tardys – and in particular Guillaume, who took over the reins from his father in 2001 –  have bought up some additional vineyard parcels of their own, although they have never been in a position to buy those in the most sought-after sites. If only Guillaume had some grander vineyards then he would be talked about with the same enthusiasm as the other top Vosnites. Instead he has had to earn his reputation the hard way: his wines have had to over-deliver and catch people’s attention all on their own without the automatic interest generated from the vineyard names. What Guillaume has been doing with the vineyards he has and the contemporary influence he has brought (more expression and aromatics to the wines, a more sumptuous feel, sleeker tannins) is striking and he is now becoming  recognised as one of the most serious emerging talents in the Cote d’Or.

A lovely perfumed fruit core of cherries and dark fruits is underpinned by a mineral seam and forest floor notes, which adds a touch of wildness to it. It has beautiful purity and generous flavours, and it glides over the palate with its slinky tannins. There is a lovely tension and energy to the wine, which drives all the flavours along and adds to its complexity. This was delicious out of barrel, although it had closed down a bit when we tasted it 3 months later at the tastings in London, suggesting it will benefit from a little time in bottle to settle. This is a really great wine for its level (a humble Hautes Côtes de Nuits).
 

Press review:

Jancis Robinson MW: "Light and fresh - very pretty and unforced. Clean and appealing. Racy.” - 16+ points

 

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