*Outstanding* A slightly riper and more complex if less elegant nose demonstrates a distinctly different aromatic profile with a much earthier character to the spice, red pinot and mildly sauvage scents. The intense and strikingly pure flavors ooze a fine and relatively discreet minerality, all wrapped in a tautly muscled, balanced and persistent finish. This harmonious effort is relatively fine by the standards of the terroir and this should reward mid-term cellaring.
One of the more accessible wines in the range, the 2011 Volnay Champans is round, succulent and beautifully expressive. I don't quite see the pedigree of the very best wines here, but in exchange the Champans will drink well right out of the gate. The pure volume and resonance argues for a bright future. (AG)
The 2011 Volnay 1er Cru Les Champans has more delineation on the nose compared to the 2011 Fremiets. The palate is endowed with a supple, elegant entry that segues into slightly chewy, red berry fruit laced with bay leaf and cracked pepper. It is linear, almost foursquare toward the finish. Classic Pinot, as Guillaume mentioned, and I would afford this Volnay two or three years to show what it can do. (NM)
Good bright red. Expressive aromas of redcurrant, plum, truffle and smoke, plus a whiff of game. Sweeter and creamier than the Taillepieds, with some very ripe red fruit flavors accented by a peppery nuance. Very pliant and accessible wine with broad, ripe tannins, no rough edges and excellent length. Certainly more open-knit than the Taillepieds today.
About to be bottled. Wonderfully expressive: vibrant and delicately spiced red fruit with a touch of vanilla creaminess. Excellent balance and elegance. Refined tannins framing lovely pure, fragrant fruit. Fresh and immensely long, turning just a little more savoury and spiced at the very end. Hard to give a drink date for this as it gives so much pleasure already at this young age though there is obviously much more to come. 18/20 points. (JH)
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