2010 Domaine de Montille Volnay 1er Cru "Les Taillepieds"

SKU #1124466 92-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 *Don't miss! Outstanding!* This is also exceptionally fresh, cool and bright and while the composition of the aromas is not dissimilar to that of the Mitans, here there is a noticeably greater emphasis on the mineral component. This minerality also defines the intense, delineated and highly energetic medium-bodied flavors that terminate in an explosive long and overtly austere finish. This stunning effort is a classic old school and completely textbook Taillepieds.  (4/2012)

91-94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (100% vendange entier): Medium red. Aromas of redcurrant, tobacco, dusty spices and rose petal. Suave, precise and intense if still youthfully tight; this appears to possess the density and saline extract to support the whole-cluster vinification. Finishes with very fine-grained tannins, a light peppery note and lovely lingering perfume. Excellent potential here.  (1/2012)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Volnay Taillepieds comes across as a blend of the Mitans and the Champans. It has the aromatic lift of the former and the textural richness of the later. This is a beautifully balanced wine loaded with sheer class and pedigree. Red berries, spices and flowers are some of the many nuances that are woven into the finish. The Taillepieds was made with 100% whole clusters, but unlike the Mitans, the whole clusters seem to mark this wine to a slightly lesser degree, at least today.  (2/2012)

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