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. (NM)
(13.5% alcohol): Saturated ruby. Youthfully imploded aromas and flavors of blackberry, cassis and licorice show no roasted character ("the color of the wine is the only thing that gives away the vintage," noted Guillaume d'Angerville). More pliant than the 2016 but with a magical sugar/acid equilibrium and a complicating element of savory minerality. This insidiously palate-saturating wine finishes with outstanding slatey persistence and grip. I would imagine that this will be long-lived but will it ever really shut down in the bottle? It's hard to imagine that this fruit was harvested on September 4. (ST)
Pure and elegant, this red offers black cherry, black currant, mineral and spice flavors that mesh beautifully with the supple texture and well-integrated structure. Long and detailed on the energetic finish. (BS)
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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