Smoking nose of bright tangy mid to late season red cherries. Ethereal, confectionary and gorgeous. Really bright and lifted. Expansive and deeply aromatic. Layered and full of nuance. Really terrific nose. 9.6. Just stunning. Palate is sweet, silky, gamey and just flat out gorgeous with a very expressive hit of delicate and elegant minerality. This is mindblowing. Did not expect this to be that great. Beautiful light and translucent color as well. Such fine tannins. Hit of licorice develops on the nose. Really wonderful sweetness but also terrific depth and such finesse. Usually Beaune is more bigger and brawny but this one. Blind I’d say Volnay. Very impressive. — 8 months ago
The goods. This is the goods. Gorgeous, haunting nose of flowers, mid season red cherry fruit and spices. This is decidedly red fruited and super pure. Love all the spice, mint and wild herb topnotes as well. Palate is so ethereal and lithe with wonderful purity of fruit and just incredible and engaging freshness. Delicate and slate like tannins and just super juicy and pure. Really well balanced and just a complete package here. So juicy with lovely tiny berry fruit intensity and a slippery feeling. It slips and slides in one’s palate. Very very special. As it airs the spice on the nose gets deafening. This is something. Also a meaty element to the nose and the finish here. Stupid good balance and lovely structure that will ensure 10+ years and surely longer. A fantastically pure bottle of Volnay 1er Cru. — 8 months ago
Needs at least an hour of air. Not a pop and pour !!!
Nose is elegant blackberry flower. Gorgeous graphite. Very cornassy. An ephemeral elegance about it.
Palate is elite elegant blackberry. Pencil lead. So juicy and fresh. Mountain stream. Elegant grip.
Fail on my part for drinking this with not enough air. It’s a serious wine. Ignore the price. Oops. 1er cru quality. $100 blind.
Bought from fass selections. — 2 months ago
This is as good a Volnay as I’ve had in 2019 and is easily the best Volnay William has made. Haunting, deeply penetrative nose of minerals, pulverized rock dust, black and dark red cherries that are so elegant and so refined you’d think you’re drinking d’Angerville. Amazing scent of the best bubblegum ever but so subtle and refined. Confectionery but showing ultimate restraint. Beautiful. A work of aromatic art. Wow is that palate just an elegant masterpiece of balance and drop dead purity. This is so close to Brisset it’s not funny. Wow is this a divine bottle of Volnay. It’s so fine, so delicate and so refined. This is liquid silk. Cherries galore but the restraint here for how awesome and perfect this is is what keeps one coming back. An absolute masterpiece. No sure why this is not a 9.7. — 8 months ago
Nose has lemon zest, lemon slice, vanilla bean, crushing of flint, white wood smoke, room temperature butter, salt box and waxy yellow apple.
Palate has under-ripe pineapple, honeycomb, warm green apple, salty warm lemon, pulverized flint; concentration is amazing, finish is minutes.
Wow, Meursault I already ❤️ thee, but this is next level.
Decanted +3H, then double decanted for service tonight. — 10 months ago
Been a bit over a year. Nose has gorgeous blackberry and wonderful stoniness and also black cherry. Very perfumed, very vivid and very defined aromas. The nobility of Rugiens comes through. Wow the blackberry is so pure and sappy. Palate needs some time to get it together but it is all there and the balance and finesse are elite. Ripe, juicy and substantial tannins that will flesh out and succumb to fruit within an hour or three as that intense blackberry really shows vividly on the finish. Really persistent. Fantastic.
After 3 hours the nose becomes dizzying in its expansiveness and intensity but the palate is only slowly opening. Think this will better tomorrow.
Ok, at 7 hours in this is getting great. That complete seductive texture is there now along with more density of fruit. — 4 months ago
One of the best values in Burgundy. Producer and estate. Such a gorgeous nose. Big sappy red fruits, elegant spices and cooling minerals. Huge cherry explosion. Real depth here and such vivid aromatic details. So pretty. Wow, 19 is the bomb! Palate is so juicy and so pure. Okay, my man has taken the leap. The balance here is extraordinary. So clean and balanced. Startling purity. This is blowing my mind. Such supple texture. So silken and sweet. Crystalline levels of purity here. Almost a 9.3 and could be with air. Just needs to flesh out a bit. But it’s all there.
After much air this is super floral and just lovely. Stunning fruit. So pretty. Still keeping at 9.2. My initial assessment was correct. — 8 months ago
Bouche délicate et mure
Finale revigorante et énergique — a year ago