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Goedhuis, December 2014
Losses in Volnay were significant, and sadly there is no village cuvée at all this year. But thankfully there is a tiny amount of the beautiful Premier Cru Les Fremiets to enjoy. The vineyard lies at the Pommard end of the village and shares some of its neighbour’s iron-rich ferrous soils. The 2016 has a pure, sweet red cherry fruit on the nose. Due to the very small quantity Paul approached the vinification with a very light touch this year, with minimal pigéage and no new oak (there were only two barrels made). The tannins are supple and creamy, and the fruit core gives backbone.
Neal Martin, December 2014,
The 2016 Volnay 1er Cru Frémiets is reduced to two barrels this year, a mixture of 70% young vines and 30% of 90-year-old vines, with just 5% whole-bunch fruit. It took a little coaxing from the glass but it eventually reveals perfumed redcurrant, cranberry and pomegranate scents. The palate is just a little coarse at the moment and I feel this does not quite have the harmony of the Auxey-Duresses, somewhat brutish on the finish. Hopefully this will meliorate by the time of bottling. Drink 2018-2027
Burghound, April 2018,
The more elegant nose features notes of distinctly cool and airy essence of cherry, spicy and floral elements and in particular violet. The sleek, intense and relatively dense medium-bodied flavors also flash ample minerality on the serious, long and lingering finish where a faint hint of warmth arises. This moderately firm effort is a combination of power and finesse. Outstanding. Drink 2024+
Stephen Tanzer, January 2018,
Bright medium red. Slightly medicinal red cherry on the nose. Moderately dense and juicy, with the redcurrant and herb flavors conveying a faint greenness but a rather elegant texture. The medicinal character carries through on the palate. Winemaker Zinetti plans to wait until March to bottle this wine, which was still on its lees in November.
Decanter, January 2018,
The Fremiets is attractively floral in 2016, perhaps marked by the 10% whole bunch fruit which Paul Zinetti elected to include. The wine bursts from the glass with aromas of peony, rose, cherry and wild berries, the prelude to a silky, sapid wine framed by a firm but fine chassis of tannin, and endowed with a sweet core of fruit. Drink 2024-2040
Clos des Épeneaux is Pommard’s most celebrated climat. The 5.23 hectare monopole has been in the Comte Armand family since 1828. Paul Zinetti took over from Benjamin Leroux as régisseur in 2014, and is rising to every challenge at this small, characterful domaine. They also have small holdings in Volnay and Auxey Duresses and, while these wines have the distinctive character of quintessential Côte de Beaune, they are also some of the most sophisticated, nuanced expressions you might taste across these villages. An understated use of new oak matches the textured fruit, and gentle handling in combination with intuitive biodynamic practices afford these wines both strength and delicacy. The domaine has begun to noticeably outpace its neighbours and redefine how the finest terroir of Pommard is capable of not only power but elegance as well.
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.