Jadot is the sole owner of this 1.3-hectare site. The wine is often dense and structured, although this may be the consequence of winemaker Jacques Lardière’s vinification style as well as a reflection of the site. Lardière, who has since retired, was non-interventionist, favouring natural yeasts and long fermentations at quite high temperatures. Always prone to mystical explanations, he liked long, warm vinifications in order to liberate a sense of place. The wine ages for around 15 months in oak. Jadot also produces a Clos des Chênes in most vintages. Michael Schuster Light, fine tannins, delicate, ripe, red fruits subtle minerality; has length and class. Fine, mineral, aromatic length; Volnay delicacy and charm. Very pretty, clear premier class and finesse. Complete for the vintage. Steven Spurrier Ripe red fruits on the nose, fresh and clean on the palate with a good weight of fruit and oak well-blended in. Great definition and precision, and tannins for a good future. Sebastian Thomas Nose of lifted, pretty, red-cherry fruit, floral notes and minerality. Nice fruit density, pure, with a lovely weave. Tannins are fine, nicely delineated. Bright and vibrant with good energy and a long, fruity finish. Excellent. (MS, SS, ST)
The 2010 Volnay Clos de la Barre is a huge, implosive wine loaded with fruit. This explosive Volnay bursts onto the palate with black cherries, tar, licorice, smoke and incense. The aromas and flavors take on a decidedly exotic quality as the wine sits in the glass. This is another wine with a bright future. (AG)
The premier cru of Clos de la Barre is located immediately below the village center of Volnay, tucked in on the slope between les Angles to its north and Clos de la Bousse d’Or to its south. The 2010 from Maison Jadot is outstanding and another real sleeper to search out in this vintage. The classy and very precise bouquet offers up scents of cassis, dark berries, espresso, dark chocolate, a great base of complex minerality and just a hint of new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very pure on the attack, with impressive complexity, ripe tannins, a lovely core and impressive grip on the long and tangy finish. A beautiful bottle of Volnay in the making, the 2010 Jadot Clos de la Barre will need the better part of a decade to fully blossom and should age for a very long time. Drink between 2019-2050. 92+
A racy style, boasting floral, currant and cranberry flavors, with oak spice accents emerging on the palate. Taut and linear, displaying fine length. Best from 2016 through 2032. 90 cases imported. (BS)
A perfumed, pure and impressively elegant nose is composed of dark berry fruit, violet, plum and spice hints. The suave, round and utterly delicious flavors are shaped by relatively fine, even silky tannins that are buffered by plenty of sappy dry extract yet the clean, moderately austere and balanced finish is firm, intense and solidly persistent.
Good dark red. Exotic, slightly medicinal aromas of dried cherry, incense, licorice and eucalyptus. Supple, spicy and quite dry, offering good energy to its rather cool red fruit flavors. The aromatic finish features noteworthy energy and thrust. (ST) 90+?
Mid ruby. Scented and subtle on the nose. Very firm and fine with great precision. Great line of fruit, most impressive. Real delineation. 17/20 points (JR)
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