2002 Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Volnay 1er Cru "Champans"

SKU #1013743 92 points 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.  (4/2010)

91 points Wine Spectator

 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)  (5/2005)

Jancis Robinson

 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.  (1/2004)

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)  (6/2004)

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)  (3/2005)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
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Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.
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Volnay

- Sometimes known as the Chambolle Musigny of the Côte de Beaune, Volnay is famous for its silky, elegant wines with finesse, delicacy and an almost ethereal nose. However, the wines have a depth and structure that can allow them to age for decades. Remington Norman said it wonderfully in his book The Great Domaines of Burgundy: 'If the wines of Pommard sometimes seem like a truck-driver's interpretation of Pinot, then those of Volnay are a ballerina's.