Join us and Courtier Wines for a tasting of four great wines from Volnay for only $55.
The finest and most elegant red wines of the Cote de Beaune are grown in Volnay, a village that is often compared to Chambolle Musigny for the high chalk in the soil and comparatively low clay content. Whereas in earlier times Volnay was made in a particularly light, early drinking style, these days there are many wines that will age extremely well. There are a large number of very fine and dedicated growers in the village, and the wines they produce are the epitome of elegance and delicacy, the most fragrant and seductively feminine expression of Pinot Noir, with an emphasis on persistence rather than power..
Marquis d’Angerville Volnay 1er Cru Champans 2010
Domaine Marquis d`Angerville consists of 13.5 hectares of vineyards, including holdings in eight of the top Volnay premier crus. The domaine has been in the d’Angerville family for over 200 years, having been bought in 1805 by the then governor of Autun. In the 1920s, the Marquis d`Angerville was one of Burgundy’s true pioneers – he fought corruption and indifference to quality, which at the time was rife amongst Beaune merchants, and was one of the first producers to initiate estate bottling. Jacques d`Angerville took over the reins in 1952 and has over the years steadily refined the practices both in the vineyard and in the cuverie. Today the wines are exceptionally good due to low yields and a high average vine age. These are remarkably long-lived and some of the most sought-after wines in the Cote d’Or.
The domaine has four hectares in the premier cru Champans vineyard, extending up the hillside on poor red clay soil that includes a good mix of rocky limestone. The wine made from this site gives an incredibly complex, fresh and seductively perfumed nose with ripe red berry fruit, cassis, mineral and spice aromas. Lacy middle-weight flavors that possess both excellent power and fine volume.
Joseph Voillot Volnay 1er Cru Champans 2010
Joseph Voillot’s first plot of vines was purchased in 1870. Since then, five generations of the family in Volnay have produced wines in Beaune, Pommard, Volnay and Meursault. In 1995, Jean-Pierre Charlot took over the reins from his father-in-law. The ten hectare estate had a reputation for good, long-aging wines that sometimes needed years to mature. Jean-Pierre brought an updated approach, as befits someone who, at Beaune’s Lycee Viticole, taught enology to many of today’s star producers. Stylistically, the wines have a silkiness that can make them immediately appealing, but also have everything they need for many years of maturing.
A nice comparison to the d’Angerville version, Voillot’s Champans is quite fine and complex in its aromatic blend of cherries, strawberries, coffee and oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and transparent, with a good core, moderate tannins and very good length on the focused and well-balanced finish.
de Montille Volnay 1er Cru Taillepieds 2012
Domaine de Montille is a first class Cote de Beaune estate that is producing some of the purest expressions of Pinot Noir to be found in Burgundy today. The domaine was developed by Hubert de Montille, a prominent Dijon lawyer, who inherited 2.5 hectares of vineyards in Volnay in 1951 when most of his production was sold to negociants. Over the years he acquired further premier cru parcels in Volnay and Pommard. Today the domaine is run by his children Etienne and Alix. The winemaking is traditional and produces wonderfully elegant, harmonious wines that require at least ten years of bottle aging to show their very best.
Volnay Taillepieds takes its name from the steep hill and the small, sharp gravel on which winegrowers cut their feet while digging into the earth. The vineyard faces east and south on a mid-slope composed of light brown clay and lots of tiny gravel stones. The wine is a model of aromatic purity, precision and structural exactness. The nose is highly defined, often floral and always mineral and spicy. The mouth feel is robust, with a tannic frame that is strict, dense and minerally. This will age and improve for several decades.
Pousse d’Or Volnay 1er Cru Clos de la Bousse d’Or 2010
Formerly the property of the Dukes of Burgundy and the French crown, the Domaine de la Pousse d’Or subsequently passed into private hands, including Jacques-Marie Duvault-Blochet, mid-19th century owner of Domaine de la Romanee Conti. From 1964 to 1997, the domaine was run by Gerard Potel for a consortium of owners. The domaine now includes 18 hectares in some of the very best premier cruvineyards in Volnay.
Their parcel in the monopole Volnay 1er Cru Clos de la Bousse d’Or dates back to 1958. The wine has a wonderfully succulent fruit, immense charm and good weight right across the palate. The refined aromas include notes of cassis and blue berry while introducing rich and even more elegant medium-bodied flavors. This should amply reward a decade of cellar time.