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Generally considered the generic Burgundy wine, appellation Bourgogne, both red and white, can also be thought of as the model of what Burgundy wine should be. It is produced in almost all of the winemaking communes throughout Burgundy, and from the same grape varieties as the more specific appellations. This means that simple Bourgogne has the potential to express terroir and vintage. But because it can be produced by blending wines sourced from across the region, the quality and specificity of this appellation can be questionable. On the other hand, many Bourgogne are produced within a single commune and some even from a single vineyard. So as with all Burgundy wine, you need to know its pedigree and who made it.

The story of the Maison Marchand-Tawse in Burgundy begins with the extraordinary story of Pascal Marchand, the French Canadian boy wonder, who in 1985 at 22 years old, took the reins of the Clos des Epeneaux in Pommard. He became an overnight sensation, and in the process pretty much defined modern Burgundy.

We first crossed paths when I was putting together the original wine list for our hotel-barge Le Papillon back in 1989. But before we talked wine, we talked boats. Iron ore freighters to be precise. We had both worked a few years as Merchant Seamen on the Great Lakes, Pascal on the Canadian side, and me down at the other end. After the usual macho stories I could see the guy really likes boats. So I invited him for a canal cruise on the Burgundy Canal that afternoon, and we have been friends ever since.

Includes 2 Bottles of each vintage 2018, 2019, 2020 - exceptional value from Marchard-Tawse:

Marchand-Tawse Bourgogne Blanc
From parcels around Savigny-les Beaune, Pernand-Vergelesses and the Hautes Cotes de Nuits, this is a cuvee designed to show Pascal Marchand’s vision of Chardonnay. Floral, with that Corton Mountain minerality, great acidity that makes it mouth-wateringly juicy and open. It’s ready. A lovely image of white from the middle reaches of the Cote d’Or.

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