The 2015 Volnay 1er Cru Les Carelles has a much more fruit-driven, ripe bouquet compared to the Volnay Caillerets with rounded mulberry and cassis aromas that are vivacious and sensual. Très Volnay! The palate is wonderfully balanced with great depth, quite sensual and harmonious, offering a wonderful crescendo of flavors towards the vivid and generous crushed strawberry and raspberry coulis finish. There is superb delineation here, completing what is a very impressive Volnay.(NM)
This is also attractively fresh and bright with a similar fruit profile though here there is a bit more spice influence. There is also a lovely sense of verve with a finer mouth feel along with good detail if perhaps not quite the same level of complexity, at least not today. I will add that this is a relatively powerful Carelles.
Bouley's parcel of 18-year-old vines is on a gentle, sunny slope in the south part of Carelle Sous la Chapelle, near Champans, where the site's protection from wind always results in very ripe grapes; 100% destemmed): Bright ruby-red. Highly expressive nose offers kirsch, black raspberry, licorice and violet scents. A suave, silky, dense fruit bomb with lovely sweetness and generosity but also a firm chalky underpinning. These younger vines produced a healthy 38 hectoliters per hectare in 2015. Best today on the ripely tannic, palate-saturating finish, which displays a touch of positive youthful bitterness and noteworthy energy. Bouley describes this wine as his baby.(NM)
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