Habitually the most seductive of the d’Angerville 1er crus this today is somewhat tightly wound and showing less of the curves than normal – it is a good deal less evolved than the other wines in the line-up. Bittersweet cherry notes, red currant, crisp plum and a tightly wound core of minerals and fine tannins – it is always the last wine to be bottled. There is breeding here, it is just waiting to seduce. A big vineyard in the middle of prime Premier Cru Volnay territory on the south side of the village below Taillepieds, well exposed to the south east. The soil is redder than here than higher up the slope. At the top of the vineyard the soil is very rocky but becomes deeper and more clay influenced towards the bottom of the slope, giving some of the most complete Volnays that, despite ageing very well, can be extremely rewarding in youth.
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.
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.