1997 Domaine Marquis d`Angerville Volnay 1er Cru "Clos des Ducs"
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The dark ruby-colored 1997 Volnay Clos des Ducs displays super aromas of soy sauce, hoisin, and spices. This powerful, yet elegant, wine is jam-packed with sweet black fruits, flowers, stones, and herbs. A powerful, complex, and complete wine... (PR)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
Considerably lighter than the '98 with a subtle, softly perfumed nose of dried rose petals and nuance of spice with barely medium weight flavors of fine detail and none of the over-the-top ripeness of a typical '97 and just enough length and complexity to be interesting. This is seductive but does not really display any of minerality of a classic Clos des Ducs. In short, this is lovely in its fashion... The wine is approachable now, even from magnum though there is no rush as the fruit is still fresh.
Magnum. Transparent ruby. Lots of evolution on the nose. Very sweet and charming and evolved. More of a massage than a wine. Lovely balance! Good length - nothing out of place. Pretty violets perfume. Long. 18/20 points
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Palish red. Perfumed aromas of roasted red berries, cherry, strawberry, smoke and ProvenÃ§al herbs and spices. Quite soft on entry, then large-scaled and mouthfillingly rich. This big boy boasts a more layered texture than the last two wines [the Taillepieds and Champans], and smoother tannins, but the flavors are a bit less precise than those of the Taillepieds. Long, ripe aftertaste. (ST)