A well of black currant, raspberry, violet and mineral flavors reign from start to finish in this pure, firmly structured and racy red, which is very linear, with tension and a long, refined finish.
*Sweet Spot, Outstanding* A cool, fresh and very pure nose seamlessly blends aromas of red Pinot, blue berry and violet hints that complement perfectly the rich, powerful and very serious medium weight plus flavors that display a taut muscularity and excellent precision on the linear and stunningly long finish. Typically, this is not quite as good as the Caillerets but in 2008, it appears to have just a bit more overall depth though we will see in time.
Representing one of their few stragglers to go through malo very late, Bouchard’s 2008 Volnay Clos des Chenes was still in tank when I tasted it. Maritime scents of salt, kelp, along with green tea, fresh purple plum and brown spices segue into a silken yet bright palate of striking crustacean-like salinity and hints of iodine mark its sweetness as much of lobster shell reduction as of fruits or berries. Without quite the lift or vibrancy of the corresponding Caillerets, this is nonetheless long, energetic, and fine. (DS)
Sweet generous oaky nose, very ripe and seductive. Concentrated, with firm tannins and excellent structure, showing energy and complexity; has a long spicy finish.
Fresh, lightly spiced red fruit. Nice sweet fruit on the palate but the tannins are pretty dry. Dark, spicy aftertaste. Probably just enough fruit to even out those tannins.
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