Domaine François Buffet

Champans Volnay 1er Cru Pinot Noir

9.314 ratings
9.46 pro ratings
Volnay, Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, France
Pinot Noir
Top Notes For
Lyle Fass

Founder Fass Selections

9.5

Stunning nose of terrific tiny berry fruit intensity. Tweed coat. Some herbals. Classic and so old school. Ripe and gritty. Kirsch. Beautiful fruit. Floral, expansive and so detailed. I could get lost in this nose. Huge fruit on the palate and wow on the mid palate. Sweet, concentrated and elegant but man this is young. Big tannins and super juicy with black cherry and terrific freshness but obviously needs some air to get more integrated. Stoney for Volnay. Huge structure like the other Buffet wines and the fruit core is stunning and they are toothsome but man is this young and backwards and I know air will help it as the finish is insanely backwards. Nose is getting more floral with air. As it airs it gets more elegant and complete. Tremendous fruit and grip. Like a squeegee of fruit. Black and dark. And so much.

This has mega potential and is as classic a Champans as i’ve ever had. 9.4 to 9.5 with air.

Stunning nose of terrific tiny berry fruit intensity. Tweed coat. Some herbals. Classic and so old school. Ripe and gritty. Kirsch. Beautiful fruit. Floral, expansive and so detailed. I could get lost in this nose. Huge fruit on the palate and wow on the mid palate. Sweet, concentrated and elegant but man this is young. Big tannins and super juicy with black cherry and terrific freshness but obviously needs some air to get more integrated. Stoney for Volnay. Huge structure like the other Buffet wines and the fruit core is stunning and they are toothsome but man is this young and backwards and I know air will help it as the finish is insanely backwards. Nose is getting more floral with air. As it airs it gets more elegant and complete. Tremendous fruit and grip. Like a squeegee of fruit. Black and dark. And so much.

This has mega potential and is as classic a Champans as i’ve ever had. 9.4 to 9.5 with air.

Jul 2nd, 2022
Lyle Fass

Founder Fass Selections

9.6

Huge ebullient nose of black and red cherries. Gorgeous spice, blackberry and licorice. Lovely Stoney minerality. So Volnay. Stunningly sweet fruit. Unreal purity and freshness and so so young. Sappy and dense but also light on its feet. Raspberry cake, raspberry coulis. Good extract, purity and freshness but as this is a barrel sample it’s maybe lost a little bit. Nose is showing huge minerality and earthiness. Palate is more engaging with air. It’s more precise and juicy. Very gamey. Nose is super sick now with air. Cherry liquor. Very fresh. Palate is elegant and fresh. This is a wine for laying down. So much potential.

Huge ebullient nose of black and red cherries. Gorgeous spice, blackberry and licorice. Lovely Stoney minerality. So Volnay. Stunningly sweet fruit. Unreal purity and freshness and so so young. Sappy and dense but also light on its feet. Raspberry cake, raspberry coulis. Good extract, purity and freshness but as this is a barrel sample it’s maybe lost a little bit. Nose is showing huge minerality and earthiness. Palate is more engaging with air. It’s more precise and juicy. Very gamey. Nose is super sick now with air. Cherry liquor. Very fresh. Palate is elegant and fresh. This is a wine for laying down. So much potential.

1 person found it helpfulSep 19th, 2021
Lyle Fass

Founder Fass Selections

9.5

Gorgeous and wild nose of black and red cherries, complicated by intense earth tones, with its deep and layered signature of alluring aromas. Super floral and black raspberry after air. Licorice. Wow. Can’t stop smelling. Palate is OMG intense, with absurd fruit and tension and such unreal purity and elegance. Really elegant and such a lipstick like intensity to the sappy and fresh fruit with just unreal freshness. This is so good. Such sweet fruit and dramatic energy and freshness. Such detail and precision and an endless finish. Lovely hit of opulence in the mid palate which goes directly into amazing freshness, density and sap. This is brilliant. Big dense tannins that are so sweet and ripe. Lovely.

Gorgeous and wild nose of black and red cherries, complicated by intense earth tones, with its deep and layered signature of alluring aromas. Super floral and black raspberry after air. Licorice. Wow. Can’t stop smelling. Palate is OMG intense, with absurd fruit and tension and such unreal purity and elegance. Really elegant and such a lipstick like intensity to the sappy and fresh fruit with just unreal freshness. This is so good. Such sweet fruit and dramatic energy and freshness. Such detail and precision and an endless finish. Lovely hit of opulence in the mid palate which goes directly into amazing freshness, density and sap. This is brilliant. Big dense tannins that are so sweet and ripe. Lovely.

1 person found it helpfulMay 9th, 2020
Matthew Cohen

Too young. But soooooooooioo good. Oh my god good. Needs 2 years but with a 1 hour decant INSANE.

Nose licorice flower. Condensed god’s perfume Let me die now good.

Palate is perfect. Dense but volnay Dense. Lilac concentrate. So juicy. So dense. So Sweet. Wine if the year quality. Vaporizing a 98 latour.

Some spice.

A WOW wine. In2 years will be. A god wine.

Bought from fass selections.

Too young. But soooooooooioo good. Oh my god good. Needs 2 years but with a 1 hour decant INSANE.

Nose licorice flower. Condensed god’s perfume Let me die now good.

Palate is perfect. Dense but volnay Dense. Lilac concentrate. So juicy. So dense. So Sweet. Wine if the year quality. Vaporizing a 98 latour.

Some spice.

A WOW wine. In2 years will be. A god wine.

Bought from fass selections.

1 person found it helpfulJan 19th, 2020
Lyle Fass

Founder Fass Selections

9.4

My first taste of Buffet since January! Right before the end of the year! Gorgeous nose. Mushroom, mint, Sous bois, mineral, very rocky, ripe but measured red cherries. Bright and deeply penetrating nose. Palate is elegant and loaded with lacey ripe and juicy tannins. Sweet fruit and so elegant. Wonderful Champans. Palate staining and sappy finish. So pure. Hit of licorice and darker fruits on the finish. So long. Juicy and so so delicate. Can be drunk young but also has structure to age for 15+ years. What a finish. As this aerates it gets more concentrated and gains depth. Stunning tiny berry sweet fruited intensity.

My first taste of Buffet since January! Right before the end of the year! Gorgeous nose. Mushroom, mint, Sous bois, mineral, very rocky, ripe but measured red cherries. Bright and deeply penetrating nose. Palate is elegant and loaded with lacey ripe and juicy tannins. Sweet fruit and so elegant. Wonderful Champans. Palate staining and sappy finish. So pure. Hit of licorice and darker fruits on the finish. So long. Juicy and so so delicate. Can be drunk young but also has structure to age for 15+ years. What a finish. As this aerates it gets more concentrated and gains depth. Stunning tiny berry sweet fruited intensity.

1 person found it helpfulJan 1st, 2020
Nick Serra

2011 Vintage

2011 Vintage

Aug 11th, 2016
Brendan Baker

Ripe red cherry and spice, med + body, some toasty new oak, long. Lots of upside 👍

Ripe red cherry and spice, med + body, some toasty new oak, long. Lots of upside 👍

Jun 4th, 2022
Andrew Schirmer

Beautiful wine - fabulously aromatic, palate has the touch of oak. Sweet bright fruit. Lovely work.

Beautiful wine - fabulously aromatic, palate has the touch of oak. Sweet bright fruit. Lovely work.

Feb 26th, 2022
Brendan Baker

Cherry and wild strawberry, mineral, fine tannin 👌

Cherry and wild strawberry, mineral, fine tannin 👌

Jan 1st, 2022
Nick Serra

Nick had this 8 years ago

Nick had this 8 years ago

May 3rd, 2014