2002 Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Volnay 1er Cru "Clos des Ducs"

SKU #1013745 93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Even after 10 years this remains almost as primary as when it was bottled as there are no secondary hints in evidence on the elegant and pure red berry fruit and stone-infused nose. The detailed, intense and strongly mineral-driven medium-bodied flavors possess a sophisticated mouth feel while coating the palate with dry extract. There is a noticeably firm acid spine on the moderately austere and gorgeously persistent finish. This is a distinctly understated vintage for Clos des Ducs that seems to be evolving at a glacially slow pace.  (3/2013)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2002 Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Ducs has meliorated since I last tasted it back in 2010. Here, it has a really quite entrancing bouquet, that transparency intact but the fruit enhanced with time: strawberry and red currant, almost a "flinty" mineralité underneath. The palate is very poised and has gained a little complexity, linear and regal. It has a crystalline finish, graceful and effervescent with touch of orange zest lingering on the aftertaste. Excellent. (NM)  (12/2014)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Medium red. Reserved but very ripe aromas of dark fruits, menthol and mint; shows a distinctly darker character than the Taillepieds. Spicy, powerful and consistent, with intriguing notes of sous-bois and leather. Best today on the explosive, spicy, slow-building finish, which shows terrific breadth and serious but thoroughly silky tannins.  (3/2005)

Jancis Robinson

 Light ruby with a pale rim. Lots of savoury development on the nose. Real lift. An edge of candy and then solid bite of tannins and bite on the end, but overall the impression is of sweetness here. Very charming indeed. Seems fairly open. Very Volnay. But not just sweet...17.5/20 points.  (3/2012)

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Alcohol Content (%): 13.6