2013 Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Volnay (Previously $90)

SKU #1259735 90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 An attractively fresh nose features note of dark cherry, red currant and discreet earth nuances. There is a lovely mouth feel to the beautifully well-detailed, intense and lightly mineral-inflected flavors that possess solid depth and length on the balanced finish. This should reward 5 to 7 years of bottle age. (AM)  (4/2015)

90 points Vinous

 A beautifully focused, pulsating wine, the 2013 Volnay is laced with bright red stone fruits, spices and mint. Beams of acidity and minerality give the wine its striking energy. The 2013 finishes with terrific purity, focus and cut. This is a lovely villages with plenty of potential for the future.  (4/2015)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Volnay Villages, which returns after missing 2012, comes solely from the Les Grands Champs lieu-dit (although there is another parcel in Les Pluchots that was pulled up and will be replanted next year). It has a crisp, quite vivacious bouquet with plenty of blackberry and raspberry fruit. The palate is well balanced with crunchy black fruit, quite masculine in style with firm tannins and a foursquare finish. This year I spent a little more time at Marquis d’Angerville. Having participated in an epochal vertical of Guillaume d’Angerville’s Clos des Ducs monopole in London the week before, I made sure to spend time walking around the vineyard. It is amazing what 20 minutes of promenading around the vines can do for your perspective and insight (readers can read the results in a separate article in this issue.) (NM)  (12/2014)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Nicely saturated deep red. Dark berries and flowers on the nose, with a mineral component contributing verve. Juicy black fruit and floral flavors are dense and fresh, with a chalky quality giving firmness to the soil-driven, firmly tannic finish. This reminded me a bit of a Margaux wine! (I found the basic village Volnay a bit leathery and dry.)  (1/2015)

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- 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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- 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.
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- 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.