Domaine Maume (RIP), Pascal Marchand and a few 2010s…

8.5.2012billn

I was lucky enough to catch up with Pascal Marchand yesterday in quite sunny Zürich, mainly presenting his 2010s – it was a good chance to learn more about his new rôle with the former Domaine Maume.

We knew already last year that the family Maume wanted to extract the equity in the domaine which had been run so well by Bertrand Maume – sad for him, for sure – it was a source of wines with a lot of personality, but who would come next? There was plenty of speculation, there always is, but it seemed to centre around various large négoce, so it was a bit of surprise when we learned a few weeks back that it was the backer of Pascal Marchand’s operation in Nuits St.Georges – Moray Tawse – who had scooped the four hectare domaine from ‘the usual suspects’. The eventual label may be branded ‘Domaine Tawse, by Pascal Marchand’ or something similar, let’s see. (The linked press release makes for some confusion versus my interpretation of the discussion – I’ll try to contact Bertrand…)

Bertrand had managed his vines with a ‘lutte raisonée‘ approach, but Pascal, still working with his old number two, Bernard Zito, has already started the conversion to Biodynamics “Actually, it wasn’t that easy to start doing anything” joked Pascal yesterday, “We’ve had so much rain since the early Spring that we can hardly get into the vines because of the mud!“. Meanwhile Pascal continues to oversee the ongoing conversion work of the part of the old Moillard cuverie/cellars where he will transfer everything in it’s current Nuits home”hopefully before the next harvest!

[Notes on Pascal’s wines, later…]

Agree? Disagree? Anything you'd like to add?

There are 5 responses to “Domaine Maume (RIP), Pascal Marchand and a few 2010s…”

  1. Mark Gough8th May 2012 at 10:07 amPermalinkReply

    I was very, very sorry indeed to previously learn what was to happen with Domaine Maume and before that had been buying odd bottles of the Mazis. Am fairly happy now though to learn of Paschal’s involvement – rather than the ‘big boy usual suspects’. Maybe, for me personally, as good an outcome as might have been rather than the domaine continuing as before which would have been the ideal.

    Bill, any idea what Bertrand Maume is doing now / might do going forward ? A matter of much personal regret I never visited the Domaine.

    • billn8th May 2012 at 10:16 amPermalinkReply

      My only contact for Bertrand was the email address he was using – I’m not sure if he is still using it or whether it’s the Marchand-Tawse office. Will of-course let everyone know if it turns out he’s carrying on under a different banner. I will miss his jokes 😉

  2. Phil Eaves8th May 2012 at 1:01 pmPermalinkReply

    Bill

    the press release you have linked advises he is still the winemaker and the name will remain as Domaine Maume, has this changed?

    Phil

    • billn8th May 2012 at 1:18 pmPermalinkReply

      Indeed Phil, but I hadn’t had the luxury of reading that before I talked with Pascal, so maybe I drove the conversation in such a way that left me with the impression that it was a done deal, rather than a change of management.
      I’m digging further…

  3. Joachim18th May 2012 at 4:24 amPermalinkReply

    I talked to a german importer of Domaine Maume. The facts to my knowledge: The Domaine will be untouched, and the wines will be still on the market under the old name. What changes is the distribution and marketing, which is going to be managed completely by Pascal Marchand.

    • billn18th May 2012 at 1:52 pmPermalinkReply

      Hi Joachim
      Thanks for this. I’m still trxing to get some official confirmation. Clearl the domaine is going to be touched as it is changing imediately to biodynamic – it remains to be seen if anything else changes too.
      Best!
      Bill

  4. billn24th May 2012 at 8:28 pmPermalinkReply

    It was confirmed to me yesterday by somebody at ‘Marchand-Tawse’ that Bertrand remains at the domaine, working ‘under the direction’ of Pascal Marchand. Let’s see how it goes, but almost certainly there will be quite a significant change in the style (I expect!)
    Cheers!

  5. Martin Gumbrecht13th August 2012 at 10:04 amPermalinkReply

    Hello, I tasted the vintage 2010 in March at the Les Grands Jours de Bourgogne and once more together with Bertrand Maume and Pascal Marchand at the Domaine. Up to now the style is totally the same as ever. Fantastic wines in 2010! Two weeks ago I had a Mazy-Chambertin tasting. 1988, 1990, 1993 and 1995 were still young, fantastic Burgundy wines made in a traditional style.

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