Domaine de Montille
Volnay 1er Cru Les Taillepieds
Color Red
Grape variety pinot noir
Surface area 1,51 ha
Production 3 900
Share of whole harvest 33%
Share of new barrels 30%
Alcohol 13%
The appellation
Famous "Les Taillepieds" gets its name from the small sharp stones that "cut your feet" when spading the earth. The cru is located in the middle of the hillside, facing South-East, with light brown clay and abundant small pebbles. It has little to envy the great wines of the Côte de Nuits. It is a model of aromatic purity, precision and thoroughness. Its mineral character, its purity, its firmness and its elegance evoke a Cistercian construction which, like the abbeys, seems to defy time.
The wine and the style
Today’s style remains faithful to Hubert's classic and terroir-driven approach, with greater aromatic expression, silkier and more unctuous textures in the reds, allowing them to drink earlier, without compromising their ability to age. The domaine is known in Burgundy for using a significant proportion of whole clusters that varies from one to cuvée to another depending on the plant material and the vintage.
Vine growing
Organic since 1995 and biodynamic since 2005. All our wines are certified by Ecocert.
The vintage
Vintage 2021 had everyone talking very early in the growing season due to the terrible spring frost that hit the region between April 6 and 8, 2021. Temperatures dropped to -8°C (17°F), irremediably damaging harvest volume. The vines timidly resumed their development, the relatively cold and wet days of July and beginning of August keeping them a bit behind schedule throughout the summer. With twice as many treatments to push off mildew outbreaks, the growing season of 2021 was quite the challenge for our team but everyone’s efforts paid off! Inevitably, volumes were down by 60% on average with major disparities. Chardonnay vines were more affected by the frost because they were ahead in their vegetative cycle compared to pinot noir. Yet, the musts surprised us all with exceptional crisp and stellar freshness. As a result, 2021 unveils a classic and well-balanced profile. Far from the solar character of the previous three vintages, it reveals airy textures and lovely drinkability, combining pleasure and purity.
Tasting note
Peppery nose infused with dark berry fruit, a hint of black tea and bay leaf. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins and a fresh touch of spice on the finish.
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