From 45-year-old vines that always yield small, millerande berries. The wines are therefore extremely intense and profound. Much darker fruits than the Clos des Epenots; juicy dark fruit flavours of cherry, bramble and blueberry. Loads of ripe and lively fruit to offset the tight-packed, firm tannic structure that is the right side of strict. Layer upon layer of flavour and extremely focused.
A wonderful, historic Domaine that probably has Côte de Beaune’s most fabulous cellars. Château de Meursault has for a long time been on the tourist trail and is the impressive venue for the famous Paulee de Meursault in November. However this will soon be a name on the Burgundy lover’s radar, too. 2012 was the first vintage that Stephane Follin-Arbelet started running the estate. Brother of Frank Follin-Arbelet and former director of Bouchard, Stephane knows a thing or two about what it means to make top quality Burgundy and what it takes to manage a large estate. He is on a single-minded mission to make it one of the great Domaines of Burgundy. The winemaking is respectful to terroir, new oak ranges from 30-40% and the wines are aged for 15-18 months in the enormous, cool, vaulted cellars underneath the Château. A new star of Burgundy is born.
An appellation in the Côte de Beaune between Meursault on the south side and Pommard on the north side. The wines are distinctly different from those of Pommard, lighter in colour and more elegant. They have always been known as delicate, fruity feminine and very fine wines, even a century ago the wines were described as "partridge-eye" pink in colour and the finest of all the wines of the Côte de Beaune. Whilst often displaying great charm and fruit in their youth the best Volnay often have considerable power too and can be very ageworthy.
More than half Volnay's vineyards are of premier cru status and one of these, Les Santenots, has a foot in two communes - its red wines are Volnay and its whites are Meursault. Aswell as the Santenots du Milieu Volnay has a plethora of other fine vineyards: Le Cailleret, Clos des Chênes, Champans, Taillepieds, the Clos de la Bousse d'Or, monopole of Domaine de la Pousse d'Or, and perhaps the most lauded of them all, the Clos des Ducs, a monopole of Marquis d'Angerville, one of the pioneering estates of Domaine-bottled Burgundy in the 1930s. Volnay's finest producers include Marquis d'Angerville, Michel Lafarge and de Montille.