2012 Domaine Blain-Gagnard Volnay 1er Cru "Les Pitures"

SKU #1228097 90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A perfumed and restrained nose is composed of distinctly cool black cherry and red currant liqueur-like scents. There is good volume but also fine detail to the medium-bodied flavors that exude a discreet minerality on the energetic, textured and mouth coating finish. There is fine length and the classic youthful Pitures austerity, yet the concentration is such that this could be drunk young with pleasure if desired.  (4/2014)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Volnay 1er Cru Les Pitures comes from vines planted in 1978 and more recently in 2005. It has a rounded bouquet with redcurrant, crushed strawberry and raspberry. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe tannins, a little more fruit than the Clos St-Jean with a simple yet pleasing floral finish. (NM)  (12/2013)

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Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/1/2015 | Send Email
I am so excited to add this lovely Volnay to our Burgundy offerings! Blain Gagnard wines are always marked with extreme finesse and elegance. I was already a huge fan of their white wines, and am very excited about their Volnay. Light, perfumed, and showing dark fruits, this wine already exhibits complex savory spice characteristics and an array of fruit and earth notes with excellent structure. The finish is quite long for a wine this young. One of our most elegant red wines from the Cote de Beaune!

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/27/2015 | Send Email
This seductive 2012 Volnay drinks so nicely right now, it will be hard to keep my hands off of it for the future... That is too bad, because it should evolve very nicely! I love the spicy intrigue and medium to full bodied texture in this long finishing, serious wine. This will be a great match for lamb chops!
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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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- A long, wandering village in the Côte de Beaune. Fortunately, what the workaday village lacks in charm, the wines more than make up for. Most famous for its white wines, which are lovely and delicate, Chassagne-Montrachet actually produces more red than white wine. It is one of the few places in the Côte D'Or where both red and white wines are produced from Premier Cru vineyards. The Grands Crus are Montrachet, Bâtard Montrachet (both shared with the neighboring village of Puligny) and Criots Bâtard Montrachet.