2002 Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Volnay 1er Cru "Champans"
Allen Meadows - Burghound
A still relatively primary nose of perfumed red fruit aromas of simply superb elegance complement precise, pure and firm middle weight flavors that offer excellent depth and outstanding length on the intensely mineral-suffused finish. This is quintessential Champans and a first rate example of the vineyard. Note however that it remains very young and will still need the better part of a decade to reach full maturity.
Rich in cherry flavor, with hints of earth and spice. Firm and elegant, with all its components well-proportioned. Really lingers on the finish, with a lasting impression of ripe fruit. (BS)
Cask sample. Crimson. Simply fruity at first. Big and bold and unashamedly unadorned fruit. Bravo! Lots of acidity and elegance, but very, very embryonic at this stage. Dry finish, but impressively long.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Sporting a slightly dark color, the spicy red cherry-scented 2002 Volnay Champans reveals a medium-bodied character loaded with flavorful red currants, raspberries, and cherries. Its firm finish and high-toned style will require moderate patience. (PR)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Full medium red. Enticing aromas of red fruits, minerals, mint and earth. Offers very good sweetness, concentration and breadth, but this firmly tannic, structured wine is beginning to shut down in the bottle. Finishes with subtle length. Incidentally, Villette feels that the '99s were much harder to taste in the year after the bottling, and that the '02s may have more finesse and a better balance for long-term aging. I'd hold off on this until 2010. (ST)