The 2009 Volnay Les Caillerets is a rather dark, imposing wine in this lineup. Here the aromatics are a touch subdued, but what impresses is the authoritative, masculine personality. There is more than enough sheer extract to balance the firm tannins on the incisive finish. This looks to be one of the wines that will require the most patience. Anticipated maturity: 2021-2039. (AG)
This offers another dimension in aromatic breadth and depth with a kaleidoscopic range of aromas that are like fireworks in a glass. The rich, full-bodied and tautly muscular flavors brim with both dry extract and an almost pungent minerality that adds lift to the already energetic and palate staining finish. A classic Caillerets that should reward long-term aging. *Outstanding*
The 2009 Caillerets is every bit the match for the great Clos des Chênes in the Lafarge cellars this year. The stunning nose soars from the glass in a red fruity blaze of strawberries, cherries, blood orange, complex soil tones, coffee, fresh herbs and citrus zest. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and tight, with a sappy core of fruit, really lovely transparency, bright acids and great length and grip on the ripely tannic finish. Great juice. 94+
Good bright, deep red. Fresh aromas of blackberry, licorice and chocolate. Broad, lush and chocolatey sweet; even more viscous and full than it appeared to be from the barrel a year ago. Showing more soil tones than primary fruit in the mid-palate today. This large-scaled Volnay has more than enough stuffing to support its dusty tannins. Michel Lafarge believes that this wine will shut down "but not like the 2005." (ST)
Mid cherry red. Real energy there. Lovely sweet start and then rich and round and quite supple. Lots of concentration and attack. Firmly delineated -- very youthful but so much fruit that you can easily see how promising it is. Big and round, and long. Not a walkover -- serious stuff, with a very vibrant undertow. 18/20 points. (JR)
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