1997 Domaine Marquis d`Angerville Volnay 1er Cru "Clos des Ducs"

SKU #1283822 90-93 points 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)  (10/1999)

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.  (7/2004)

Jancis Robinson

 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  (5/2009)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Palish red. Perfumed aromas of roasted red berries, cherry, strawberry, smoke and Provençal 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)  (3/2000)

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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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France

- 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.
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Burgundy

- 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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Volnay

- 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.