($82) Bright, full red-ruby. Musky raspberry, smoke and licorice on the nose. More tightly wound than the Cent-Vignes, with dark berry and black cherry flavors complicated by bitter chocolate, menthol and minerals. Finishes with fine tannins and very good length. A more medicinal and backward wine, in need of at least four or five years of cellaring.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: March/April 2008
Wine Spectator | Rating: 92
Elegant yet intense, with black currant and blackberry aromas and flavors accented by vanilla and coffee. It's juicy and the tannins are ripe and integrated. Long, energetic finish.
Drink Dates: 2012-2024
Author: Bruce Sanderson
Wine Advocate | Rating: 91
The 2005 Volnay Taillepieds (of which there will be around 175 cases) offers an impressive account of this great site, leading with notes of incense, fresh black raspberry, and high-toned maraschino, then comes to the palate with bloody raw meat character, crystalline black raspberry fruit, and a saturation of fine tannin. This really grips, with fascinating meat, mineral and fruit persistence. One slight concern is that a hint of heat not catch up with it.