The 2014 Volnay Villages comes from Les Grands Champs (also previously from “Les Pluchots,” though that was uprooted three years ago). It has a crisp, undergrowth-tinged bouquet with cold stone scents infiltrating the red cherry fruit. The palate is fresh and clean on the entry, underpinned by fine tannins; it is quite precise and though it does not have the persistence of a premier cru, it has a winsome texture that just pulls you in and leaves you smiling. Drink 2017-2028
They have two small parcels of which one, Pluchots, is uprooted. Grands Champs below Mitans is in production. Very solidly pleasurable. Scented with good acidity. Verging on too much but with lots of aromatic appeal. Drink 2019-2024
Just 2 barrels from Grand Champs. Summer fruits, expressive and appealing - ripe raspberry fruit..soft and juicy palate with smooth and full tannins. Rounded, plump and juicy. Very inviting. Fresh and bright at the end. Drink from 2018
Arriving at the family Château in Volnay and standing in the famed Clos des Ducs overlooking the village and its other 1er crus below always gives me a huge thrill. This is everything that Burgundy is all about; history dating back to 1507, and back to 1804 for the Angerville family and their ancestors, great breeding in some of the finest vineyards in the Cote d'Or and finally anability to make Pinot Noir at its very purist and best.
A red wine appellation only, wines from Volnay might be considered the most revered of southern Burgundy. They have been celebrated since the 18th century for their delicacy. But they are not fruit forward like those of Beaune or Chorey Lès Beaune nor have the brooding structure of Pommard.Instead, they have superb linearity, focus and poise while sheathed in velvety tannin. This slightly reticent personality comes out even more with a bit of age, though some can be approached very young. There are no grand cru vineyards in Volnay, but there are some excellent premier cru examples including Volnay Les Champans and Volnay Les Caillerets. Chardonnay grown in the shared Santenots vineyard must be labelled as Meursault.