Volnay, Champans, 1er Cru, 2009

  Marquis d'Angerville

Champans is a wonderfully placed vineyard right in the heart of the Volnay appellation that understandably can produce the archetypal example of Volnay; sensual, floral and alluring. It is also, very arguably, the vineyard in the d’Angerville stable that has benefited most from Guillaume d’Angerville’s stewardship since he took over in 2003. The first thought that hits you here is that this is a level above any Champans the domaine has ever produced. Silky smooth, lacy almost, but with so much more power than it has ever had before, so long and intense, notes of dried flowers, strawberries, griotte, redcurrants with touches of rock salt, it displays an extraordinary balance – explosive but ever so charming. Glorious.

Contains Sulphites.

About Marquis d'Angerville

It was one of the wine trade’s sadest stories when, in the summer of 2003, Jacques d’Angerville passed away. For a long time Jacques was at the forefront of promoting rigorously high standards throughout Burgundy and helped put Volnay firmly on the winelover’s map. Thankfully his highly committed son, Guillaume, has taken the reins along with Jacques’ son-in-law who had helped Jacques make the wine for over a decade. Guillaume is meticulous and shows an unstinting commitment to producing the best wine he can whilst staying faithful to Volnay's special terroir. The vine growing and winemaking is based on the philosophy of respecting and working with nature. The Domaine's move to Bio-dynamic viticulture is central to this. Hard manual work is carried out in the vineyard, therefore, whilst the winemaking is as gentle and respectful to the wines as possible. These are polished Volnays of purity and sophisitication, nothing is over done or out of balance, extractions are soft and new oak is no more tha it needs to be. The charactersitics of grape, vintage and terroir resonate brightly through each wine.

Appellation: Volnay

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.