Domaine Roblet-Monnot

Volnay 1er Cru Taillepieds

Region: France - Burgundy

Domaine Roblet-Monnot

Pascal Roblet can trace his roots in Volnay to the 1600’s on his mother’s side and four generations on his father’s side. All of Domaine Roblet-Monnot’s holdings are in Volnay, 15 acres. Pascal’s conversion to biodynamic viticulture in 1997 along with his high density planting and very low yields, roughly 2.5 tons per acre, are part of what has transformed his domaine into one of the leading sources of wine from these communes.


Pascal’s red wines see no fining or filtration. He rarely uses pigeage, cap punchdowns, perhaps one or two times per vintage, to create an infusion of flavor rather than flavor extraction. Long maturation in barrel naturally clarifies the wines. Minimal if any sulfites are added just before racking and bottling.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

Taillepieds is a 17.7 acre/7.16 ha vineyard on the southwestern side of Volnay. Roblet-Monnot’s plot is in center of vineyard.

  • Vineyard Area: 0.99 acres/0.40 ha
  • Exposure: SouthEast
  • Vine Age: 45 years
  • Soil: Fine, brown Oxfordian limestone, moderately deep, very stony. Thin layer of topsoil known as “tete de moine.”
  • Rootstock: 161-49
  • Vine Training Systems: Guyot and cordon Royat
  • Vine Planting Density: 11700/ha
  • Biodynamically farmed
Harvest Notes
  • 100% whole cluster pressed
  • Fermented 28 days
  • Aged 26 months in used French oak barrels
  • Bottled unfiltered
Wine Summary

100% massale selection Pinot Noir; biodynamically farmed plot of Taillepieds vineyard; Oxfordian limestone, stony soil; 100% whole cluster pressed; aged 26 months in used French oak barrels; bottled unfiltered.

Technical Information
  • 100%  massale selection Pinot Noir
  • Alcohol: 13%


92 Points

The 2015 Volnay Taillepieds 1er Cru shows a bit of reduction on the nose, eventually clearing to offer undergrowth and bay leaf infused red fruit. The palate is underpinned by firm tannin, impressive depth. Quite a complex and grippy Volnay with superb length. Pascal Roblet has really got a handle on this Volnay. I can see this ageing with style and panache.

Vinous, July, 2018

17.5 Points

The 2015 is a very deep crimson. Unusually deep and dense for a Volnay. Also juiciness. Bravo! Silky tannins after an extraordinary concentration of fruit. Exceptionally long. Really smart and fine with obviously great potential. 2023 – 2038, May, 2018

94 Points

Wafting from the glass with aromas of wild berries, baking chocolate, rose petals, rich soil tones, espresso roast and spices, the 2017 Volnay 1er Cru Les Taillepieds is medium to full-bodied, layered and multidimensional, with a velvety attack that segues into an ample, concentrated mid-palate. Long and penetrating, this is a decidedly serious example of the vintage, and it comes warmly recommended. 2025 – 2045

© Wine Advocate, January, 2020

General Info

Country France
Region Burgundy
Appellation(s) Volnay, Pommard + others
Proprietors Pascal Roblet
Founded 1998
Winemaker Pascal Roblet
Annual Production 1,400 9L cases
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Biodynamic