2010 Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Volnay 1er Cru "Fremiet"

SKU #1130300 93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Volnay Les Fremiets is all crushed rocks, graphite, minerals and wet stones. With time in the glass the fruit gradually begins to emerge. Sweet red fruit, mint and freshly cut flowers are some of the nuances in the glass, but in the end the Fremiets remains decidedly cool and inward. A pointed, chiseled finish continues the theme to its logical conclusion. Readers will need to be especially patient here. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2030. (AG)  (2/2012)

91-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 *Sweet Spot, Outstanding* This is at once cooler, fresher and more elegant than the Clos des Angles with its ultra-pure red Pinot and extract of stone suffused nose. There is fine richness and excellent mid-palate volume that buffers the otherwise firm but ripe tannins before terminating in a lacy and chalky finish. The minerality is so strong that this has an almost Chablis-like salinity to it.  (4/2012)

92 points Wine Spectator

 The floral, cherry and pomegranate flavors are amplified by vivid acidity in this vibrant, elegant red, which is intense, with dense yet refined tannins and a finish that evokes mineral and pepper accents. Best from 2016 through 2035. (BS)  (6/2013)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good bright, deep red. Musky, superripe aromas of jammy black fruits and roasted herbs. Round, sweet and superripe but still fresh in spite of its chocolatey quality. Finishes with powerful, chewy tannins that cut off the fruit today. This wine will need time to harmonize in bottle. D'Angerville bottled the 2010s between March and May of 2012 owing to the late malos. (ST)  (3/2013)

Jancis Robinson

 Bright crimson. Real texture and race here on the nose. Amazingly pure. Straight down the line immediate impact. Just the merest whiff of mossiness. Dry finish. Very fresh. Marked acidity. 17/20 points.  (3/2012)

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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.


- 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.


- 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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- 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.