"Les Taillepieds" 1er cru de Volnay 2009

The vintage

We harvested between the 5th and 18th of September.

The 2009 vintage arrived softly with a mild spring and a rather hot June and July, even if rains tried to upset the weather's balance at the end of July and for part of August. The harvest began fairly early, especially for Domaine and Maison de Montille, where freshness, precision and balance are always favored rather risking over-ripeness. We started on the 5th and finished on the 18th of September. The results give a freshness and balance on the palate that favor a lift and a savoriness in our wines that don't give a typical impression of the vintage.

2009 is an excellent red wine vintage. Its quality compares to 2005, even if the profile of these two vintages and their optimal drinking windows are different. In fact, the 2009s resemble the 1959s or perhaps the 1989s with their ripe, yet still crackling red fruits as well as some black cherry notes melting into a background of spices mixed in with floral notes, if for no other reason than that we left in whole clusters, which we often do.

The mouthfeels are suave and vinous with freshly acidic notes and finely tuned a tannic structure that gives the wines more suppleness than the 2005s. The finishes are persistent and fresh to the point of being vibrant.

Most will be ready to drink between 2015 and 2025, while the Grands Premiers Crus and the Grands Crus can wait until 2030 or even 2040 and will be magnificent bottles.

Tasting notes

- red, a bit paler than the Mitans. Slightly high-toned aromas of crushed blueberry and rose petal, with a suggestion of citrus fruit. Then supple, sweet and aromatic on the palate, with cooler aromas of red cherry, raspberry and spicy oak. Finishes classically dry, with substantial broad tannins. 90-92 Stephen Tanzer

-100% stems- A restrained yet perfumed nose is the essence of wet stone and ripe pinot, all trimmed in dried floral notes. Like the Mitans, this is also positively crystalline as the flavors seem to be composed from liquid rock and deliver positively huge length along with the hallmark finishing austerity of a young Taillepieds. A highly impressive effort of impeccable balance. Comments: Sweet spot Outstanding
Tasted: May 06, 2011 - Score: 92-94 - Drink: 2021+ Burghound Issue 42

- The Taillepieds is quite stemmy on the nose: blackberry leaf, bell pepper and a touch of dried herbs. The palate has crunchy red-berried fruit on the entry, very traditional in style with firm, obdurate tannins and a foursquare finish. If you like the style of Hubert de Montille's wines you will love this. Full of character, but not of those desperate from their intense fruit. Tasted January 2011. 91-93
Neal Martin

-Scented and fresh with a strange herbal streak. Relatively light for a 2009. Quite distinctive with a hit of buckwheat. Still quite dry and chewy. Neat. But you'd have to like those particular, very distinctive flavours. Still pretty chewy. 17, Drink 2017-2027 Jancis Robinson