*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.
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)
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.
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)
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