Pure and intense, featuring cherry, black currant and violet aromas and flavors, this red is seductive and approachable despite its youth. The solid structure is seamlessly integrated and bodes well for future development. Shows terrific harmony and expression. (BS)
Bright, dark red-ruby. Medicinal blueberry and licorice aromas are lifted by a minty high note; less showy and more restrained on the nose than the Taillepieds and Caillerets today. Then wonderfully dense, primary and pure on the palate, but more vertical and less opulent than the Taillepieds and Caillerets. Strong mineral energy accentuates the impression of vibrancy. A bit less open to inspection today owing to its firm tannic spine. (ST)
A fresh yet notably ripe nose is composed by liqueur-like aromas of plum, spice and earth. The delicious, refined and once again strikingly pure flavors are a bit less muscular and mineral-driven than those of the Taillepieds yet the tannic spine shaping the lingering if ever-so-slightly warm finish is just as firm. This is going to require at least moderate patience before it begins to be approachable. *Sweet Spot, Outstanding*
The Champans is excellent this year, opening in the glass with a complex bouquet of plums, cassis, rich soil, espresso and blood orange, framed by new oak. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, powerful and concentrated, with a layered and rich impression, its tannins cloaked in a deep core of succulent fruit. (WK)
The domaine’s holdings in Champans were one of the vineyards where only the lower twenty percent of the rows were frosted and Guillaume d’Angerville felt he was very lucky in this regard. The wine is very black fruity in personality this year, offering up scents of cassis, dark berries, venison, dark soil tones, coffee bean and cedary oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and ripely structured, with a rock solid core, fine focus and grip and a long, promising finish. This will need a good decade to start to blossom, but will be long-lived.
In contrast to the precocious 2017, the 2016 Volnay 1er Cru Les Champans is tight-knit and reserved and will demand patience. Offering up aromas of plums, cherries, violets, dark chocolate and forest floor, the wine is, medium to full-bodied, chewy and firm, with lovely depth at the core but an imposing, muscular chassis of fine-grained tannin that asserts itself on the finish. I have no concerns about the balance of this Champans, but readers should plan on waiting at least a dozen years before pulling corks. (WK) 93+
Mid crimson. Quite complex nose with meat-and-two-veg notes. Polished red-cherry fruit with a slightly drying note on the end. Time needed! He sees it as a paradigm of Volnay premier cru. Good energy. Lovely balance. 17.5/20 points. (JR)
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