Volnay 1er Cru "Les Taillepieds" 2010 - Maison Champy


This Volnay 1er Cru has the potential of a Grand Cru given its elegance and richness (and maybe because there is no Grand Cru in Volnay!). On the nose it shows complex aromas of concentrated red fruit. Fresh and mineral on the palate, it develops great empyreumatic notes (toast, cocoa, spices) ending with a long, smooth and spicy finish. Another great wine that only needs a few more years before being at its best.

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This Volnay 1er Cru has the potential of a Grand Cru given its elegance and richness (and maybe because there is no Grand Cru in Volnay!). On the nose it shows complex aromas of concentrated red fruit. Fresh and mineral on the palate, it develops great empyreumatic notes (toast, cocoa, spices) ending with a long, smooth and spicy finish. Another great wine that only needs a few more years before being at its best.
 
Wine CharacteristicsTasting and cellaring
DomainMaison ChampyEyeDark garnet red
Vintage2010Nose Concentrated ripe red fruits, vegetal and mineral notes
AppellationVolnay 1er CruMouthPalate is elegant, smooth and full of ripe black-fruit flavour. It has
AreaBurgundy a rich and velvety texture with good acidity and minerality
ColourRedDrink from2015-2017
Grapes100% Pinot NoirDrink before2028
TypeDryOpen 1 hour before
  Drinking temperature15-16°C
    
Food pairing
This 1er Cru would sublimate the finest dishes, like a roasted quail with cranberries.
 
A word about the domain
Champy is the oldest "Maison de négoce" in Burgundy, created in 1720. Since Pierre Beuchet took over in 1990 we have seen a constant increase in the quality of their wines, thanks to the hard work of the winemaker Dimitri Bazas. It is a little gem that produces affordable wine in a region where rarity means expensive wines. A particular care is given to all wines, from the entry-level Chardonnay to the rare Corton Grand Cru.
 
What experts say
About the domain
Bettane & Desseauve: 3* (high quality production)
 
About the wine
Wine Spectator: 90
“Bright black cherry, raspberry and new oak flavors mark this flashy red. Balanced, with a smooth texture and a violet accent on the long finish. Best from 2016 through 2028.”
 
Wine Enthusiast: 91
“An elegant wine, this is full of ripe black-fruit flavors, and it has a rich, velvety texture. The acidity and minerality give this wine a sense of structure that promises good aging potential.”
 
Bettane & Desseauve: 17.5
“Blue black colour, great success, remarkable smoothness of texture, very beautiful aromatic race, a truly comprehensive wine, highly recommended.”
 
Allen Meadows - Burghound: 90-92
"Discreet wood serves to highlight the ripe dark berry fruit aromas where the underlying stone character is almost pungent it's so strong, The rich and velvety flavors also display plenty of mineral influence and the intensity does a slow build from the mid-palate all the way to the explosive but impeccably well-balanced finish. Like the Grands Epenots, this is clearly built to age and if the complexity deepens with bottle age it's possible that my range may be viewed as unduly conservative. (90-92)/2022+"
 
And finally for the wine geeks…
SoilClay and limestone soils
Yield35 hl/ha
HarvestManual
Aging16 months in oak barrels
Production1,500 bottles
BottledMarch 2012
Alcohol13%

 

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Volnay 1er Cru "Les Taillepieds" 2010 - Maison Champy

Volnay 1er Cru "Les Taillepieds" 2010 - Maison Champy

This Volnay 1er Cru has the potential of a Grand Cru given its elegance and richness (and maybe because there is no Grand Cru in Volnay!). On the nose it shows complex aromas of concentrated red fruit. Fresh and mineral on the palate, it develops great empyreumatic notes (toast, cocoa, spices) ending with a long, smooth and spicy finish. Another great wine that only needs a few more years before being at its best.