Tasting Notes

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. Neal Martin