2015 Domaine Comte Armand Volnay Villages (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1300233 88-91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Mild reduction is still enough to push the underlying fruit to the background for the moment. Otherwise there is a wonderfully seductive mouth feel to the lightly stony middle weight flavors that manage to retain good if not better delineation on the ever-so-slightly rustic finale. This is a relatively muscular Volnay villages that should drink well on the younger side if desired. (88-91)/2021+  (4/2017)

89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Volnay Villages was a small quantity this year, cropped at 10 hectoliters per hectare due to the hail and was showing just a small touch of reduction on the nose. Blackberry and boysenberry fruit gather pace with just a hint of white pepper loitering in the background, more tight and backward than the two Auxey-Duresses from barrel. The palate is medium-bodied with saturated tannin that lends this Volnay a sense of accessibility. Pure and harmonious in the mouth with well-judged acidity, I appreciate the focus and energy contained in this wine. Sure, it needs time for the 20% new oak to fully integrate, so I would lend it a couple of years in bottle.  (12/2016)

88-91 points Vinous

 (still in barrel and not yet racked; 20% new oak; 10% vendange entier): Healthy dark red. The nose offers a complex amalgam of raspberry, redcurrant, cherry, leather, smoke and earth. Very supple, almost creamy wine with enticing sucrosité but also good restraint. An element of saline, spicy minerality on the back end gives this wine grip but it's nonetheless suppler in style than the examples from Auxey-Duresses. The yield here was just 13 hectoliters per hectare, according to winemaker Paul Zinetti.  (1/2017)

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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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- 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.