2015 Domaine Jean-Marc Bouley Volnay "Les Carelles" 1er Cru

SKU #1337457 92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Volnay 1er Cru Les Carelles has a much more fruit-driven, ripe bouquet compared to the Volnay Caillerets with rounded mulberry and cassis aromas that are vivacious and sensual. Très Volnay! The palate is wonderfully balanced with great depth, quite sensual and harmonious, offering a wonderful crescendo of flavors towards the vivid and generous crushed strawberry and raspberry coulis finish. There is superb delineation here, completing what is a very impressive Volnay.(NM)  (12/2016)

89-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This is also attractively fresh and bright with a similar fruit profile though here there is a bit more spice influence. There is also a lovely sense of verve with a finer mouth feel along with good detail if perhaps not quite the same level of complexity, at least not today. I will add that this is a relatively powerful Carelles.  (4/2017)

90-92 points Vinous

 Bouley's parcel of 18-year-old vines is on a gentle, sunny slope in the south part of Carelle Sous la Chapelle, near Champans, where the site's protection from wind always results in very ripe grapes; 100% destemmed): Bright ruby-red. Highly expressive nose offers kirsch, black raspberry, licorice and violet scents. A suave, silky, dense fruit bomb with lovely sweetness and generosity but also a firm chalky underpinning. These younger vines produced a healthy 38 hectoliters per hectare in 2015. Best today on the ripely tannic, palate-saturating finish, which displays a touch of positive youthful bitterness and noteworthy energy. Bouley describes this wine as his baby.(NM)  (1/2017)

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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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