1999 Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Volnay 1er Cru "Taillepieds"

SKU #1215661 93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 (opened from personal storage). After 16 years this beauty has finally started to open after being notably shut down for many years. The wonderfully elegant, pure and ripe nose reflects notes of spicy and earthy red and dark berry fruit that merges seamlessly into dense and intense medium weight flavors that brim with minerality on the strikingly long finish. This is a classic Taillepieds that is still on the way up though I underscore that it's no longer quite so far away that it cannot be enjoyed now. That said, for my taste patience continues to be required and based on a bottle out of my own cellar as well as another recent bottle tasted in Burgundy, I won't touch another bottle for another 4 to 5 years.  (10/2015)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The outstanding 1999 Volnay Taillepieds has zesty, dark fruit aromas. It is medium to full-bodied, ample, broad, and packed with copious amounts of jammy and juicy plums, black currants, Asian spices, and black cherries. This is a powerful yet refined, seamless wine with prodigiously ripened tannin. Its finish is long, silky, and pure. Drink it over the next 10 years. (PR)  (6/2001)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Dark red. Deep, sappy aromas of red fruits, minerals, chocolate and smoke. Fat, sweet and full; wonderfully lush, layered Volnay, with impressive richness and depth. Very long finish coats the palate with ripe fruit and fine tannins. Superb. (ST)  (3/2002)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Beautiful. Very complete Pinot Noir, with perfumy violets, white chocolate and mineral character. Medium-bodied, it's both vivid and lush. Succulent and delectable, with a long and juicy finish. (BS)  (2/2002)

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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.


- 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.


- 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.
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- 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.