A pretty and expressive nose of raspberry and spice is the prelude to a silky, supple wine. It is generous and open-knit in personality, with a deep core of vibrant, ripe fruit and a framing of polished tannin. Vinified with 50% whole cluster fruit. ‘Always a caress’, says Rossignol, and it's impossible to disagree. Drinking Window 2022-2038. (WK)
The 2016 Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Angles contains 50% whole cluster fruit, though frankly it is difficult to tell because the fruit is so pure here—ebullient Morello cherry and crushed strawberry scents streaming from the glass. The palate is very well balanced with good density on the entry: black cherries, allspice, clove and a sprinkle of white pepper towards the finish at it fans out with confidence. It is not a sophisticated Volnay but there is a lot of guts and bravura. (NM)
Firm reduction. On the plus side there is both excellent freshness and verve to the utterly delicious medium weight flavors that possess a beguilingly sleek mouth feel that manages to be at once racy but rich while delivering good persistence. This is relatively forward and could easily be enjoyed on the younger side if that your preference.
(13.8% alcohol, the highest among these '16s; just 15 hectoliters per hectare produced; vinified with 40% whole clusters, which Nicolas Rossignol describes as a bit less than usual for this wine, in spite of the fact that he believes this cuvée needs stems to slow down its fermentation and provide energy): Bright, dark red-ruby. Superripe aromas of kirsch and black raspberry convey an almost roasted quality. Very concentrated and fat but in a rather extreme, even slightly heavy style compared to the preceding wines, conveying an impression of chocolatey ripeness. The tannins are a bit rougher than those of the Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru but may be necessary for structure. With its high-pH impression, this wine needs an early bottling and should give relatively early pleasure. (ST)
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