2005 Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Volnay 1er Cru "Champans"
Allen Meadows - Burghound
Remarkably this has changed relatively little since my initial in-bottle review amost 10 years ago as the ripe raspberry liqueur-like nose evidences hints of spice, violets, earth and underbrush. The vibrant, pure, round and naturally sweet medium-bodied flavors possess excellent intensity on the precise, powerful and mineral-driven finish. There is a beautiful tension to this wine and while there is a serious tannic backbone, this seems supple on the mid-palate because the structure is so well-buffered. This is still very much on the way up and should easily see its 50th birthday (and many more) in superb condition. As such I would strongly advise letting this beauty continue to slumber.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
One of the three batches that will be blended to make up d‘Angerville’s 2005 Volnay Champans was still in malo, so I base my assessment on the other two. Scented with cherry and cassis, flowers and fungus, smoke and chalk dust, this displays richness and depth, fine tannins and emerging silkiness, and a youthfully firm but long finish loaded with savory subtleties. Just give it 6-8 years before revisiting. (DS)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good full red. Reticent nose suggests cherry, licorice, flowers and truffle. Displays the copious sweetness of the vintage but with terrific focus and underlying spine. A stony, minerally pinot with real delicacy and cut. The long, noble finish offers a lovely combination of silk and stone and enticing lingering perfume. An archetypical Volnay that combines structure and charm: I wouldn't be surprised if this merited an even higher score eight or ten years from now.
Rigid now, with cherry, mineral and smoke notes backed by burly tannins. Yet, it's elegant in stature, concentrated and built for the long haul. Closed up already, but be patient. Best from 2014 through 2028. (BS)
Lots of structure and retreat and introversion. 'Almost too exuberant for a Volnay' says Guillaume. Quite aggressive tannins at the moment. Wait!!! 17.5++/20 points.