Found halfway up the Hill of Chaignot, our Premier Cru plots from which our grapes originate are exposed to the sun-drenched east and sit on top of a varied set of different soils, from calcareous scree at the top to an abundance of clays deeper down. This Premier Cru lends the flavors of its finished wine a thrilling complexity, including a very floral bouquet, with nuances of violet and spices and rich notes of blackberries, blackcurrants and the ever-present cherries. For those wishing to explore Volnay, a panoramic spot of the whole of the Côte de Beaune is offered halfway up the steep hill. The perfect way to work up a thirst.
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Our Volnay Premier Cru Vintages
Volnay Premier Cru 2014
Succulent and Seductive
The drinkable embodiment of a little black dress – sexy and seductive – you know a good night is in store when a Volnay makes an appearance. Glowing in the dark, its bright ruby appearance gives way to lingering scents of violet, cherry, and redcurrant with each swirl. With time, spices, game and stewed plums come out to play too. A firm body is perfectly in sync with its silky tannins, concluding in a long, luscious and persistent finish. As is famous with Volnay vintages, the concentration and complexity are expressed in a delicate and nuanced way, its ribbobn-smooth femininity goes hand in hand with deep aromatic intensity. These qualities make it the perfect wine of choice for roasted or slow braised feathered game. A match made in Heaven, via Volnay.
An Excellent Burgundy Vintage
This year’s vintage captured the memory of 2014’s unusual, and unpredictable, weather. At the beginning of the season there was much promise. The four months of Spring were warm and dry, culminating in an early bud break and bloom at the start of June. However, by the end of the month, cooler and wetter weather reigned supreme. On June 28th, a hailstorm – similar to the awesome power that struck in 2012 and 2013 – damaged several villages across the Côte de Beaune, including Pommard. Summer was defined by wetter-than-average weather and cool temperatures. A few hot days in July helped the vines recover their ground, but worsening conditions took control again during the first two weeks of August. By mid-August the weather improved, with mostly dry and sunny conditions aiding the grapes to a steady and juicy maturation. In September, the sun remained a constant element and a northerly wind bolstered ideal conditions; the grapes reached optimal maturity come mid-September, when the Simone plot was hand-picked mid-September under sunny skies, with our pickers wearing big, happy smiles.
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