"Les Taillepieds" 1er cru de Volnay 2007

The vintage

For those of us who like fresh and refreshing wines with fairly low alcohol and bright acidity accompanied by correct aromatic and phenolic maturities, we have been waiting for this vintage for a long time ! The hot and warm months of April and May forewarned an early harvest, likely at the end of August, but the weather changed to chilly and rainy for the rest of the summer. We pushed back the harvest dates because, as was generally the case for this vintage, one of the keys to success was that it could not be rushed. We started at

the very end of August with the reds, and after a few days break, we picked the whites.

The reds show a very fresh nose with vibrant red fruit aromas of raspberry and red currant along with floral notes. We chose to use a significant portion of whole clusters in the fermentation because the grape and stem quality was high. The mouthfeels are full, fleshy and generous. The noses are vibrantly intense ; the tannins are fine, silky and integrated with the fruit ; and overall, there is a sensation of balance and freshness that persists through the long, mineral finish. As for whites, the 2007 vintage represents what we like in noble white wines : grace, heightened minerality and lots of restraint..

Tasting notes

- (100% stems). As intensely mineral driven as the '07 Mitans is, the Taillepieds is the stoniest wine in the range by a fair margin as the phrase 'extract of liquid limestone' applies. Here the nose is also intensely floral but it's even more tightly integrated with the cool, pure and airy red berry fruit aromas that introduce superbly detailed middle weight flavors that are built on a base of chalk and stone while culminating in a driving and youthfully austere finish that is akin to rolling small pebbles around in your mouth. A classic Taillepieds built to age. (91-93)/2015+ Tasted: Apr 01, 2009 - Comments: Sweet spot Outstanding -  Allen MEADOWS' – BURGHOUND

- Bright, full red. Highly complex, pretty aromas of raspberry and flowers hint at the sweetness of the vintage. Lively, nuanced and deep, with a sappy minerality that would have had me guessing Cote de Nuits. Really resounds on the broad, sweet, very long finish. This has delivered on its early potential and is an outstanding effort for the vintage. 93   By Stephen TANZER