An attractively fresh nose features note of dark cherry, red currant and discreet earth nuances. There is a lovely mouth feel to the beautifully well-detailed, intense and lightly mineral-inflected flavors that possess solid depth and length on the balanced finish. This should reward 5 to 7 years of bottle age. (AM)
A beautifully focused, pulsating wine, the 2013 Volnay is laced with bright red stone fruits, spices and mint. Beams of acidity and minerality give the wine its striking energy. The 2013 finishes with terrific purity, focus and cut. This is a lovely villages with plenty of potential for the future.
The 2013 Volnay Villages, which returns after missing 2012, comes solely from the Les Grands Champs lieu-dit (although there is another parcel in Les Pluchots that was pulled up and will be replanted next year). It has a crisp, quite vivacious bouquet with plenty of blackberry and raspberry fruit. The palate is well balanced with crunchy black fruit, quite masculine in style with firm tannins and a foursquare finish. This year I spent a little more time at Marquis d’Angerville. Having participated in an epochal vertical of Guillaume d’Angerville’s Clos des Ducs monopole in London the week before, I made sure to spend time walking around the vineyard. It is amazing what 20 minutes of promenading around the vines can do for your perspective and insight (readers can read the results in a separate article in this issue.) (NM)
Nicely saturated deep red. Dark berries and flowers on the nose, with a mineral component contributing verve. Juicy black fruit and floral flavors are dense and fresh, with a chalky quality giving firmness to the soil-driven, firmly tannic finish. This reminded me a bit of a Margaux wine! (I found the basic village Volnay a bit leathery and dry.)
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