- RegionCôte de Beaune
- Grape varietyPinot Noir
- Average vine age 30 years
- SoilBathonian limestone and clay.
- Average yield40 hl/ha
- HarvestHand picked
- Cellaring Potential5-7 years
- Serving temperature 14-15°
- This picturesque village nestles high above the Burgundian plain on a small knoll just a few hundred yards away from its neighbour Pommard. From the small square outside the 14th century church which dominates the village one can see the entire Burgundian plain and, on clear days, even as far as snow-capped Mont Blanc.
Vinification & Ageing
- FermentationTraditional in open vats
- Ageing10 to 12 months ageing in oak barrels, 15% new
- BarrelsLouis Latour cooperage, French oak, medium toasted
- Tasting NoteThe Volnay 2017 offers an intense ruby color and its complex nose reveals notes of mocha, almond paste and cherry. Ample mouth with a cherry heart. Great persistence with well-integrated woody notes.
- Food PairingSuckling pig - knuckle of veal veal - mature cheeses.
- Volnay 2020 - Burghound.com - 89-91
Touches of oak and menthol are present on the more elegant nose of plum, black cherry and much more discreet earth influence. The sleek, intense and much finer middle weight flavors display a subtle minerality that adds a sense of lift to the nicely persistent finale. This is really quite good and worth considering.
- Volnay 2018 - Bill Nanson - January 2018 - "Excellent"
Deep, good fruit, quite a strong accent of oak today - which will, of-course, fade. A mouth-filling volume and really excellent freshness. A nice extra dimension of finishing flavour. This will be excellent
- Volnay 2009 - Chris Kissack (UK) - January 2011 - 15.5-16/20An attractive layer of smoke here, over some delicately framed fruit, the fruit profile one of freshness, the clean and slightly sweet juice of freshly crushed, crunchy, just-ripe cherries. There is a little twist of barrel on the nose too, giving the wine a little seam of caramel which will go with time. Nicely solid on entry, through the middle showing a fresh, lightly crunchy, lifted, perfumed, cherry fruit character. Slightly stony in terms of composition, but all the better for that, and overall appealing. And a good sappy finish. Obviously this has been tasted non-blind, but this has lots of attractive feminine character typical of Volnay, yet without giving up anything in terms of substance. Very good potential.
- Volnay 2008 - Wine Spectator - 2011 - 88/100Scents of graphite, violet and berry introduce this elegant, silky red, which shows a hint of earthiness on the finish and is balanced toward heat. Drink now through 2015. 400 cases imported.
- Volnay 2007 - Wine Spectator - November 2009 - 89/100Broad and sweet - in a ripe, juicy fruit sort of way - this red offers cherry and raspberry flavors and a silky texture. It's hard not to enjoy now, but this should develop over the short term. Drink now through 2015. By Bruce Sanderson, USA.
- Volnay 2006 - Wine Spectator - 2009 - 88/100Bright and pure, with cherry and spice notes mingling with the tight structure. This is elegant in stature, with a lingering finish. Drink now through 2017.
- 2006 Volnay - TheFineWineTimes.com - February 11th, 2010:Very light ruby colour with lively high-toned nose of summer-fruits paired with a light lick of oak. Racy and lithe on the palate with medium-bodied flavours of red cherry, raspberry and redcurrants. Smooth texture with bright ripe flavours, good supportive acidity and a decent fruity finish. Elegant.
- Volnay 1959 - Burghound.com - November 2009 - 87/100Trace amounts of sous bois combine with mostly secondary aromas to serve as a pretty introduction to the round, naturally sweet and delicious middle weight flavors that possess good vibrancy and enough finishing depth and length to be interesting. While this is perfectly good as a wine, the complexity and moderately aged character of the flavors has difficulty melding gracefully with the hints of primary fruit as one does not really comport well with the other as the association is unexpected. On the plus side, there is good vibrancy for a villages-level wine of this age. By Allen Meadows (USA).
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