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 Vintage2006 Label 2 of 4 
(NOTE: Label borrowed from 2005 vintage.)
ProducerNicolas Potel (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
DesignationVieilles Vignes
SubRegionCôte de Beaune

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2010 and 2014 (based on 15 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Potel Volnay Vieilles Vignes on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 86.6 pts. and median of 87 pts. in 47 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by empire80 on 5/4/2015 & rated 88 points: as last bottle - simple, but well made and now drinking at its peak (202 views)
 Tasted by chrisanderika on 9/5/2014 & rated 89 points: Nose of musty cherry and paprika (!). Palate of cherry, developing to stewed tomatoes. A bit thin. Slightly irregular transition to finish of coffee and slate. Although very interesting, we felt like we "were working too hard" to give it a 90 to actually give it a 90. (1091 views)
 Tasted by ekallio on 8/22/2014: Very charming, just the Volnay weight and mouthfeel you would expect. In a good spot too. Could just have a bit more depth and complexity. (1270 views)
 Tasted by Olderbhoy on 4/7/2014 & rated 87 points: Wonderful nose of violets (1669 views)
 Tasted by Yme on 2/23/2014: Seductive nose promising much but the palate feels muted; but beneath that are hints of lovely red fruit with earth and mushroom. Do not think the wine is corked but rather the continuation of the dumb phase. (1841 views)
 Tasted by empire80 on 11/20/2013 & rated 88 points: From a half; better than previous bottle - not spectacular but decent and well made. Some strawberry fruit, tannins have softened, gentle acidity. (2175 views)
 Tasted by CRHunter on 11/7/2013 & rated 85 points: Bright color tending toward brown at the edges. Nose is pretty thin but palate better. Some strawberry and other ripe fruit. Tannins slightly bitter. Finish fairly short but pleasing. Not a bad bottle but not a great one either. (1563 views)
 Tasted by barcud on 9/21/2013 & rated 89 points: Pale brick, no hint of age. Nose of mellow fruits, and forest floor. Good entry, long soft tannins and cherries. very good (1659 views)
 Tasted by moods on 9/18/2013 & rated 83 points: Not really displaying much varietal character nor sense of place. Sme wild strawberry notes, leather, something sweet - maybe liquorice? Tastes bitter and not really harmonious thru the mid palate. Does finish well, albeit not overly long. Potel usually does better than this. (1414 views)
 Tasted by JamesTye on 7/4/2013 & rated 87 points: From 375ml. Opened and poured. Colour cherry red, touch of leathery brown at edges. Clear and bright. Unusual bitter fruit and leather nose. Some gaminess and rotten fruit. Palate is better. Red fruit, plenty of tannin still, some leather, decent length finish. A touch stalky,
Not a pretty Volnay, but structured and decently made. Potel's wines are usually better but this Burgundy leans more towards Chambertin than Volnay in its nose and palate. Slighty disjointed in its make up. Not sure the fruit will do anything but disappear further into the background. Drink now. (1662 views)
 Tasted by Miss Highwater on 5/15/2013 & rated 85 points: Reticent nose and light-weight on the palate. An ok basic burgundy but gets lost with anything more strongly flavoured than plain roast chicken. There is enjoyment to be had here, subtle red fruits, with a touch of old oak spice but you have to look for it. There are better pinot noirs for the price e.g Dog Point 2008 which I had yesterday - and I speak as a generally pro Old World over New World pinot noir drinker! (1497 views)
 Tasted by CRHunter on 2/17/2013 & rated 85 points: Medium body, medium length. Nothing outstanding but a fun bottle to drink. Red fruits on palate but not much on the nose. Finished last glass on second night and found more aroma and slightly more developed taste. (1792 views)
 Tasted by Yme on 1/28/2013: Clear, moderate ruby coloured. Very tight nose - did not open up much over 3 hours, even with much swirling using a Riedel Burgundy glass. All we got were hints of strawberry and raspberry. Medium(-) bodied with medium(+) acidity. Tight palate and require a lot of coaxing to bring out red fruits, mushrooms and earth. Long tight finish. Elegant despite being closed. ?Dumb phase (1623 views)
 Tasted by CRHunter on 12/30/2012 & rated 83 points: - Ruby color with medium forming legs and aromas of strawberry, black currant and rose. It's somewhat balanced and has flavours of strawberry and black currant with a light/medium body. Round texture with a medium finish - Good wine for the price. Red berries on nose and on palate. Finish is pretty short but pleasing. (1646 views)
 Tasted by empire80 on 11/22/2012 & rated 86 points: Not much fruit and a bit too acidic, but fine with food (1495 views)
 Tasted by RobertDwyer on 10/14/2012 & rated 87 points: Not as good as the bottle I tried a couple years ago. Seemed a little flat and lifeless but still enjoyable. (2109 views)
 Tasted by gutt22 on 10/4/2012: 13.0% alcohol. Red cherry color. Pretty wine, if a bit on the simple side. Sour cherry on the palate, with light spice, and vibrant acidity. A simple but focused wine. Very nice and elegant. B+ (997 views)
 Tasted by empire80 on 9/23/2012 & rated 87 points: Basic burgundy, but well made. A lot more balanced now than when I had a bottle two years ago. Drink now to 2014? (1437 views)
 Tasted by dbarco on 9/3/2012 & rated 84 points: Light in color and body, cherry and other bright fruits with a bit of earthiness. Short finish. Very enjoyable, but not memorable. (1457 views)
 Tasted by leesullivan on 8/31/2012 & rated 88 points: Light on color and smell. taste great with a short finish. Very smooth and easy to drink. (1396 views)
 Tasted by kendag on 8/31/2012 & rated 88 points: Initial tannins soften within an hour. Clear smooth classic Burgungy taste. Not dramatic but very enjoyable. (1406 views)
 Tasted by TheWineMonkey on 1/7/2012 & rated 86 points: On the nose very delicate aromas of cherry and strawberry and perhaps a hint of earth or mushroom. On the palate light red fruit flavours, earth and mushroom with good acidity. A nice wine, but a little understated for my likings. (2328 views)
 Tasted by Yme on 1/6/2012 & rated 89 points: Rust & blood red in colour. Clean & fresh nose showing sour cherries and raspberries. Light bodied. Slight tannic bite with decent acidity. Red fruits with mushroom, earthy & herbal elements developing. Restraint, quite elegant. Very nice. (2258 views)
 Tasted by burgbob on 10/8/2011 & rated 89 points: Lovely burgundy. Elegant and showing some interesting earth in the long finish. Should be at it's best over next five years. (2734 views)
 Tasted by Decaturwinedude on 7/27/2011: Just not very interesting. Shows some of that weird '06 bitter/green thing, like under-ripe fruit. Tart. Angular. Hmm. Decent with food, but that.s it. (3048 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, March/April 2009, IWC Issue #143
(Nicolas Potel Volnay Vieilles Vignes) Subscribe to see review text.
The World of Fine Wine, March 2008, Issue #19
(Maison Nicolas Potel, Volnay Vieilles Vignes) Login and sign up and see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, March/April 2008, IWC Issue #137
(Nicolas Potel Volnay) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (1/30/2008)
(Nicolas Potel, Vieilles Vignes Volnay Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Allen Meadows
Burghound, 1st Quarter, 2008, Issue #29
(Maison Nicolas Potel Volnay Vieilles Vignes Villages Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Bill Nanson
Burgundy-Report (4/1/2008)
(Potel Nicolas Volnay Vieilles Vignes) The Potel signature wine is, in 2006, a compendium of around 12 separately vinified parcels whose vines average out at 60+ years old. The nose is wide with a nice complexity of dried berries; cranberry, redcurrant and black cherries - very nice. The palate has good intensity and a background of ripe tannin. The finish is a good one. - recommended as always.
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Nicolas Potel

Producer website

Nicolas Potel set as wine négociant in 1996 and continued through to 2009 when he left to set up his new Domaine Potel. The business is now fully run by the Cottin brothers who have financed the operation since 2002.

The following Burgundy Report article from 2009 covers more detail;http://www.burgundy-report.com/summer-2009/maison-nicolas-potel-2009-update-2007s/

Pinot Noir

Varietal character (Appellation America) | Varietal article (Wikipedia)
Pinot Noir is the Noble red grape of Burgundy, capable of ripening in a cooler climate, which Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot will not reliably do. It is unpredictable and difficult both to grow and to vinify, but results in some of the finest reds in the world. It is believed to have been selected from wild vines two thousand years ago. It is also used in the production of champagne. In fact, more Pinot Noir goes into Champagne than is used in all of the Cote d'Or! It is also grown in Alsace, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Austria, and so forth, with varying degrees of success.

Vieilles Vignes

Old Vine/Vieilles Vignes (Wikipedia)


Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)


Les vins de Bourgogne (Bureau interprofessionnel des vins de Bourgogne) (and in English)
Burgundy - 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 Cote d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Cote de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Cote de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Cote Chalonnaise and the Maconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Cote d'Or. Also included by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.
Burgundy Report |
Les Grands Jours de Bourgogne - na stejné téma od Heleny Baker

Côte de Beaune

Côte de Beaune (Bureau interprofessionnel des vins de Bourgogne)
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