Bright medium ruby. Mineral-driven aromas of blackberry, cassis, licorice, bitter chocolate and crushed stone, plus a touch of sweet oak. Suave, silky black fruit and violet flavors show absolutely no rough edges. The wonderfully refined tannins arrive late, allowing the fruit to open beautifully on the very long, palate-staining finish. An outstanding wine with a compellingly rich, layered texture, this was racked in July, like the Clos des Ducs.
from a huge 3.98 ha parcel). This is the first wine to exhibit enough oak to warrant mentioning though it’s not so much to dominate the spicy and earth black cherry liqueur-like aromas. The sleek middle weight plus flavors are given shape by the fine but dense tannins that carry over to the impressively persistent finish that is exquisitely wellbalanced. This is an exercise in harmony and grace that should be approachable after 6 to 8 years if desired. (93-95)/2027+
The 2015 Volnay 1er Cru Champans has a very charming, very pure and seductive bouquet with copious blackberry, raspberry preserve and limestone scents. With a few swirls of the glass it become floral and even more enticing. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin. It it not as generous as the bouquet at the moment, but there is purity and verve here, very sophisticated and showing immense precision on the finish. I can imagine this being backward for 3-5 years after bottling, so be prepared to cellar this and reap the rewards later. Guillaume d’Angerville presided over a fine set of 2015s that rank amongst some of the finest from Volnay. "From the season standpoint, 2015 started similar to 2014 in terms of the early spring. But then the hydric stress began in May. We had some rain at the beginning of the month and then it became dry and very warm. The flowering was early, taking place around 10 June
The Champans boasts quite a dark-fruited nose, with aromas of black cherry and even cassis mingling with scents of moss and graphite. On the palate the wine is ample, sappy and full-bodied, with a deep core and fine, ripe tannins. Champans can be one of the more structural, powerful Volnay premier crus, but this is quite a supple, generous rendition.Drinking Window 2025 - 2060.(WK)
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