The 2017 Morey-Saint-Denis La Riotte 1er Cru has a slightly more confit-like bouquet than Taupenot-Merme’s other 2017s, a little showier, but still very pure, revealing hints of kirsch and blood orange. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red berry fruit, a fine bead of acidity and just a little chewiness toward the finish, which delivers firm grip. Excellent. 91-93 points. Neal Martin,Vinous Media Once again there is just enough reduction present to push the fruit to the background. On the palate there is both good freshness and verve to the firm and relatively serious medium-bodied flavors that are a bit less refined but noticeably more powerful, all wrapped in a dusty and slightly longer and more structured finale. 90-92 points. Allen Meadows, Burghound In the middle of the premiers crus of Morey. Below Clos St-Denis. Same soils as Mazoyeres, ie 80 cm of clay on top of limestone fossils (crinoidal limestone). Never suffers from hydric stress. Vines 60 years old. Mid cherry red. Dark-red fruit. This has a dry, chalky texture that strikes more than the fruit on the palate, but the fruit is there to re-emerge with time. At the moment it seems dry and a little severe on the palate. Hard work just now, rather muscular. Needs more time but it’s long. 16.5++/20. Julia Harding MW, jancisrobinson.com

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