1993 Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Volnay 1er Cru "Clos des Ducs"

SKU #1272056 94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 The robe is lightening at the rim but there is no bricking. The elegant, pure, spicy and beautifully complex nose features notes of wet stone, earth and now fully secondary fruit though interestingly there is not even a hint of sous bois. The mineral-laced, intense and beautifully delineated middle weight flavors are crystalline in their purity while offering stunningly good length on the still ever-so-slightly structured but velvety backend. For my taste this still robust yet still reasonably refined effort has reached that stage where it will probably continue to soften but probably not add a great deal more in terms of overall depth. In sum, this is one of the great vintages for Clos des Ducs and while it may not be the best Ducster of all time it certainly deserves honorable mention. Tasted several times in the last few years (November 2013 was the most recent) with largely consistent notes.  (6/2016)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 1993 Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Ducs was one of the surprise showings at the vertical in September 2010. Served blind four years later, it remains an excellent Clos des Ducs. It is bridled with immense purity and panache on the nose, so much so that it would be difficult to pin down as a '93. There is an earthy tincture that I did not recollect on the previous bottle. The palate is more open than the bottle I encountered last year (November 2013). It is very pure with red plum and mulberry fruit, touches of cassis and perhaps just lacking the joie de vivre that it had in abundance a decade ago. It is continuing a graceful decline albeit from a high point, so there is still at least 10 years' of enjoyment here. (NM)  (12/2014)

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