Domaine Tawse straddles the line between tradition and innovation, a stance both Old World and New World in origin. Native Quebecois Pascal Marchand seeks to express terroir like the Burgundian he has become over the last three decades, while also embodying his New World roots, where gumption, hard work, and forward-thinking foster change. Joined by fellow Canadian Moray Tawse, this duo is at the forefront of a new wave of vignerons, embracing organic and biodynamic farming practices while rejecting draconian dogma.
Since 2010, Moray Tawse and Pascal Marchand have acquired their own village, premier cru, and grand cru parcels in the Côte d'Or, and they purchased Gevrey-Chambertin’s famous Domaine Maume in 2012. Burgundy’s Domaine Maume has long been celebrated by serious collectors for its old-vine, séléction massale plantings in Gevrey-Chambertin’s finest village, premier cru and grand cru vineyards—the envy of many a vigneron!
In 2012, the Maume family made the difficult decision to sell, passing the torch to Moray Tawse and Pascal Marchand of the newly formed Maison Marchand-Tawse. Currently, the estate wines of Domaine Maume are labeled as "Maume by Domaine Tawse", however eventually the wines will be solely under the Domaine Tawse label.
These two friends and wine legends, along with rising winemaker stars Mark Fincham and Thomas Dinel, are said to be more Burgundian than the locals and are eager to see the domaine’s renaissance. They have converted all the vineyards they’ve acquired to organic and biodynamic farming methods. Seeking traditional vinifications that reflect the conditions of the vintage more than following a set recipe, they have been able to create wines that are intense and airy, complex yet accessible, and ethereal yet incredibly precise.