Volnay sits up high, dominating the Côte de Beaune, and on a clear day, one can see as far as Mont Blanc. And this broad scope is reflected in its wines. Volnay is a traditional Burgundy village, with a relatively low profile that focuses fully on its vines. Back in 1816, when wine writer André Jullien penned The Topography of all the Known Vineyards, he wrote, “Volnay produces the lightest, most refined, and most agreeable of the wines of the Côte de Beaune,” and marveled at its charming bouquet, while bishop and theologian Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet would allow only Volnay wines to be served at his table. In them, he saw, “Courage, strength, joy, spiritual intoxication, and the transportation of the soul.” On the day he died, he ordered six barrels of Volnay to be delivered to the bishop’s palace in Meaux, to ensure nothing would be amiss at his funeral. It’s hard to imagine a more Burgundian gesture!
Please note that this is an imported wine and cannot legally be shipped to GA, IA, IL, IN, LA, ME, MI, MO, MT, SD, VA or WV.Aroma:
The nose exudes powerful aromas of small red fruits, as well as a predominant blackcurrant note. There are also some smoky and vanilla notes.Palate:
On the palate, this very elegant wine reveals melted tannins.Vintage Notes:
This wine comes from two plots from two neighboring climats, covering 1.5 hectares and with a great deal in common. Facing south-southeast, they are drenched in sunshine and have such prestigious neighbors as Taille Pieds and Cailleret. This side of Volnay is close by Monthélie and Meursault, and is where the line of the Côte takes a turn from east-facing to southeast.
Le Clos des Chênes has a choice place in the lineage of Volnay premier crus. Part of our plot is classed as Volnay Village in Le Clos des Chênes (0.6736 hectares) and is located on the side of the Chaignot (or Chagnot) hill, which explains its long-standing name. Le Clos des Chênes is among those excellent cuvées highlighted in 1855 by Dr Jules Lavalle, covering 16.2740 hectares, making it the biggest climat of the appellation, which, at the time, was considered equal to Taille Pieds. He considered its wines to be “Of the first order.” The climat today covers 15 hectares.
Meats & Fish:Chicken Bearnaise w/Mushroom; Pork Chops with Lemon SeasoningCheese & Nuts:Medium cheeses
- Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
- 15 months
- Oak barrels (Plus one month in steel tanks)
- 28% New oak
- Production: 3,043 bottles