2011 Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Volnay 1er Cru "Clos des Ducs"
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Palish bright red. Highly perfumed nose combines redcurrant, cherry, smoky minerals and faded flowers, complicated by earth and caramel nuances. Taut and juicy in the mouth, with a tightly coiled spring of pungent minerality energizing the youthful flavors of ripe cherry, redcurrant, smoke and spices. Much less creamy than the Champans, with a saline calcaire element giving the mid-palate uncanny detail. Finishes sweet, subtle and long, with utterly seamless, fine-grained tannins. With its firm tannins and strong minerality, this should make a great dinner companion--but give it at least six or seven years in the cellar. (ST)
The 2011 Volnay Clos des Ducs is all about texture. Silky, polished and impeccably graceful on the palate, the 2011 presents a finely-knit fabric of sweet red berries, anise, crushed flowers and sweet spices. Today, the 2011 is one of the more accessible recent young Clos des Ducs I can remember tasting. As such, the 2011 drinks well even at this young stage, although I will not be surprised to see it put on weight in bottle. A final burst of the sweet, exotic fruit leaves a lasting impression. 93+ (AG)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
*Outstanding* An incredibly perfumed, airy and cool nose speaks of anise, essence of red berry fruit, stone and floral hints. There is a distinctly textured mouth feel to the restrained and beautifully well-detailed and intensely mineral-driven flavors that possess a highly refreshing mouth feel, all wrapped in a youthfully austere, restrained and delicious finish. A lovely and very understated effort that should also reward mid-term cellaring.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Ducs has an accomplished, sophisticated, mineral-driven bouquet that echoes the nascent 2012. The palate is crisp and a little leafy on the entry, something just slightly autumnal about it. The tannins are firm and just a touch austere, but they are neatly embroidered into the black fruit profile. The finish exerts a pleasant grip and it lingers long in the mouth. This is a classy wine... (NM)