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Domaine de Montille Volnay Taillepieds Premier Cru 2008

$216.00

The Taillepieds vineyard in Volnay does have a touch of magic about it and I would treat this as a Grand Cru equivalent wine. 2008 was a successful vintage and is now 10 years old and ready to start drinking.

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The Taillepieds vineyard in Volnay does have a touch of magic about it and I would treat this as a Grand Cru equivalent wine.

The Domaine is now run by the children of iconic winemaker Hubert de Montille. Their wines embody the Volnay spirit (the village where the Domaine is based), have the acid drive and focus of the region as well as its pretty aromatics. Every Montille wine is a pleasure to drink. They do look much better with time in bottle though.

Service

Drink it from now but I think there is a lot of life in this wine yet. Decanting would not hurt or let it evolve in the glass and see the layers the Montille wines offer.

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Beef, cheese. Something with some density that is for sure.

Volnay

Lighter, elegant, perfumed reds from Cote du Beaune. Due to their lightness of weight they are not as well regarded as some appellations. But from good producers the reds in Volnay are as good as any in Burgundy.

Burgundy 

The classic part of Burgundy known as the Cote D’Or (the slope of gold) is essentially one vineyard that is 60km long and maybe 5km at its widest. From this limestone ridge some of the most complex, long-lived and aromatic wines are produced from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Cistercian monks who owned the land codified the entire region and so each small plot has a name.

Pinot Noir 

This is the most elusive grape. It is relatively early ripening and extremely sensitive to terroir. Its perfect place on earth is the Cote d’Or in Burgundy. So haunting are great red Burgundy’s charms that growers everywhere try to emulate them. Pinot Noir is not just a one trick pony, it can make great reds, rosé, sparkling and even sweet wines, whites on occasion and I’ve tasted a decent fortified Pinot Noir too.

2008

A successful year in Burgundy. Coming right before the 2009 vintage it was glossed over. But you can get a lot of good to great wines that are now 10 years old and approaching readiness to drink.

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