"Les Taillepieds" 1er cru de Volnay 2008

The Vintage

The weather in 2008 was capricious with a fairly mild winter followed by a spring and summer that were essentially cool and damp, slowing the maturation of the grapes and permitting the development of rot. Additionally, at the end of August, we worried when the meteorologists predicted another week of cold and rainy weather. Then, a miracle occurred. On September 13, "la Bise", which is a cool and dry north wind, arrived, clearing the sky of clouds. It blew for about three weeks. This was exactly what was needed. There was sunshine to help the grapes achieve maturity, cold nights to preserve the grapes' acidity, and finally, a dry wind to stop and dry out the rot. We just had to wait.... Harvest began at the end of September with radiating sunshine but cool temperatures. In the end, even if the quantities are small, 2008 is a very lovely surprise, a very Burgundian vintage with aromas deriving from the late maturation and reminding us of 1978.

Tasting notes

- (100% vendange entier Bright, full red. Very ripe, slightly high-toned raspberry aroma. Lush, fruit-driven and sweet, with a creamy texture that promises early drinkability. It's easy to believe that a plush wine like this will always be approachable. Finishes long and sweet, with very smooth tannins. By Stephen TANZER

- A pure nose of very cool red pinot fruit is nuanced with attractive notes of wet stone and anise that complement well the intensely mineral-driven medium-bodied flavors that possess excellent detail and precision on the linear and delicious finish. As it always is in its youth, this is firm and moderately austere but seemingly less so than I am used to seeing with this wine.  Allen Meadows