The 2016 Volnay 1er Cru Clos de la Bousse d'Or was showing a little more new oak than the other premier crus (around 30% new), but it is nicely integrated with the blackberry and cassis fruit, scents of crushed violets surfacing with aeration in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe red cherry and cranberry flavors, fine, edgy tannin and good terroir expression with a dash of white pepper and spice toward the lively finish. One of my favorite Volnays from the domaine, this should age well over the next 12-15 years. (NM)
Healthy deep ruby-red. Tighter and more medicinal on the nose than the Caillerets, offering aromas of black cherry and licorice. In a tighter, stonier style, with its black fruit flavors accented by herbs and black pepper. (I would have guessed that this wine had been vinified with a portion of whole clusters, but I would have been wrong.) A distinctly cooler style than the Caillerets even if it displays similar flavor intensity, with the tannins coming across as firmer and dustier. (ST)
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