One bottle opened in 2/2013 was a bit advanced but relatively sound. The other 11 bottles in the case were oxidized when opened on 10/4/2014. All were impeccably sourced in France and properly shipped and stored.
Not oxidized. Little changed from my last outing five years ago, except a deeper golden color and more deeply pitched presentation. Slightly warm finish. Not much depth of interest; the characteristic mineral core is buried eighty feet under ripe, if not overripe, orchard fruit. Yet the midpalate also comes across as a bit dilute or diffuse. At once too rich and too weak.
My first sample from a six-pack purchased on release. To judge from some of the notes below, I guess I'm glad I waited. After decanting for maybe 90 minutes before service, we found this to be on the light side of medium bodied for the vintage, pleasantly balanced and unmistakeably Volnay in every respect -- fruit sweetness and mineral backbone in the right places, with no weird oak or off-putting acid effects. I agree with drwine that it comes across as a junior league d'Angerville, but that is a compliment considering the price point of $35.