2006 Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Volnay 1er Cru "Taillepieds"

SKU #1045802 90-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 *Don't Miss! Outstanding* This is unusually expressive for young Taillepieds, which is often the most reserved wine in the range, featuring a ripe mélange of red and blue pinot fruit plus violet and rose notes that gracefully introduce sweet, dusty and intense flavors brimming with minerality on the focused, racy and vibrant finish. Like the Champans, this is notably austere, which is typical and will require at least a decade to be at its best. Terrific.  (4/2008)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The d'Angerville 2006 Volnay Taillepieds tastes entirely consistent with the top-notch 2006 performances of this site in other hands. A lovely nose ripe black fruits, walnut oil, dark chocolate, and bitter-sweet floral perfume in the nose put me slightly in mind of a really ripe Cabernet Franc. Palpably dense on the palate – its palate-staining black fruits accented with bitter fruit pit, crushed stone, dark chocolate, and peat – this nonetheless preserves a fine sense of vivacity and lift that carries into a pungently-persistent, chalk-, peat-, and white pepper-dominated finish. This rich yet firmly structure, low-toned yet refreshing Taillepieds promises further complexity and elegance for those who give it a few years of bottle age, and I suspect it will hold well for more than a decade. (DS)  (12/2009)

92 points Wine Spectator

 A beauty from start to finish. Black cherry and black currant notes are accented by spice and mineral, with a hint of licorice. The tannins are firm and mesh with the overall structure and texture. Drink now through 2021.  (6/2009)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Medium red. Perfumed nose offers medicinal red and black cherry, flowers and spices. Broad but a bit brooding on the palate, although aeration brought a sweeter, lusher texture, with an element of white pepper providing lift. Finishes with dusty tannins, a note of sweet oak and a lovely light touch. There's a tactile quality and a saline character here, as well as a slight rusticity to the tannins that Guillaume d'Angerville says is true to the terroir "I always have the image of an old man sitting on a wall," he explained. Quite reserved today but with plenty of chewy depth. (ST)  (3/2009)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
Sub-Region:

Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.
Specific Appellation:

Volnay

- Sometimes known as the Chambolle Musigny of the Côte de Beaune, Volnay is famous for its silky, elegant wines with finesse, delicacy and an almost ethereal nose. However, the wines have a depth and structure that can allow them to age for decades. Remington Norman said it wonderfully in his book The Great Domaines of Burgundy: 'If the wines of Pommard sometimes seem like a truck-driver's interpretation of Pinot, then those of Volnay are a ballerina's.