Goedhuis, December 2019
This wine comes from two different locations in the appellation: Les Grands Champs provides finesse and elegance, while Les Famines is credited with giving body and power. Striking ruby in colour, this is full of red cherries and cranberries. It is deliciously pure with light crunchy fruit, characteristic depth and a gently layered finish.
Neal Martin, January 2020,
The 2018 Volnay Village comes from two parcels, Les Famines and Grands Champs. The very sensual bouquet features raspberry preserve, cranberry and powdered chalk aromas that feel well defined. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-boned tannins and modest weight in the mouth. Closes a little drier, with a döppelganger of a Pommard finish. 2021 - 2033
Burghound, April 2020,
A more elegant nose speaks of ripe and discreetly spicy aromas of plum liqueur, black cherry and a hint of raspberry. The caressing yet solidly energetic middle weight flavors possess very good mid-palate density, all wrapped but a sappy, complex and lingering finale. This isn't particularly refined but I very much like the depth and persistence and offers fine quality for its level. Outstanding top value. Drink 2026+
Jasper Morris MW, January 2020,
Still in barrel. The wine has a rich deep purple colour with a beautiful succulent fruit on the nose. The fruit on the palate is absolutely mouth-filling, though there are some stern tannins behind. This needs more elevage but is extremely promising.
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.