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Amongst a strong list of contenders, this can lay claim as de Montille’s most well-known and celebrated cuvée, and over the years has gained a huge following. In 2019, it is at once powerful and delicate, so nuanced and complex, with notes of violets and dark berries. The hillside site has gravelly soil over limestone. Winemaker Brian Sieve likes to use a full whole bunch fermentation here, but warns it takes careful management. In 2019 he has got it just right: the wine is focused and supple, with serious poise.
The 2019 Volnay Les Taillepieds 1er Cru was showing a little more oak on the nose compared to the Champans. The 100% whole cluster lends some black pepper and clove notes to the aromatics. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, good density and grip and a bold but balanced, slightly earthy, spicy finish. Good potential but it will need time.
Young 2023 - 2028
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Young 2022 - 2027
Ready 2021 - 2025