The wood treatment is a bit more prominent though it remains reasonably subtle as it easily allows the cool, elegant and equally spicy aromas of various dark berries, plum and rose petal. There is terrific delineation to the chiseled and markedly stony flavors that also possess fine mid-palate concentration, all wrapped in a sleek, focused and gorgeously persistent finish. This firmly structured effort is notably less youthfully austere than it usually is though don't mistake that for it necessarily being more accessible young.
The 2014 Volnay 1er Cru Taillepieds has a lively, vivacious bouquet with Morello cherry, raspberry coulis and hints of blackberry coming through with aeration - completely different from the introverted Taillepieds that I encountered out of barrel. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin and well judged acidity, very focused and harmonious, a core of minerals delivered on the sustained finish. This clearly lands at the top of my banded score - a classy Taillepieds that should offer plenty of drinking pleasure over the next 20-25 years. I tasted Domaine Marquis d'Angerville's 2014s from barrel in November last year. Guillaume d'Angerville shows his wines once they are in bottle in London the following March with his UK agents and I took this opportunity to re-evaluate them at this stage. Just the Clos des Ducs and the Champans are in barrel, due to be bottled in April 2016. I did re-taste these and they were both consistent with my notes from barrel, but will wait until they are bottled before I compose my review. (NM)
Good dark red. Lovely floral lift to the aromas of kirsch and dark chocolate, with an element of smoky minerality introducing another element. Very smooth and pure in the mouth, showing more fat and refinement than the Frémiet, which seems almost chunky by comparison. Flavors of black cherry and berry liqueur are complicated by chocolate and smoky minerals. The wine's building tannins reach the front teeth and will need time in bottle to harmonize with the fruit. (ST)
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