Started out smudgy and messy but improved steadly with exposure to air over a couple of days, until it approximated a decent village Volnay in profile and texture. Not in the same league as H. Boillot's villages.
Decanted and served. Bright, medium ruby/garnet, pale garnet rim. Nose shows pure red fruit, a touch reticent at first, slowly opens, floral notes, touch of cranberry, hint of earth as it opens. Light/medium bodied, pure strawberries, still firm but fine tannins, still a touch reined in and tight, toward the end of the bottle a touch of savoury earthiness on the very good length finish. This holds out much promise but is not quite ready yet. Give well stored bottles another 2-3 years.
Medium ruby in color. Perfumed nose of cherry, chalk and vanilla. After 10 minutes in the glass, this opened up nicely. Huge notes of cooked cherry. Flavors of slate and vanilla. Fine tannins and pronounced acidity. Nice.
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(Potel Nicolas Volnay Vieilles Vignes) Medium-plus cherry-red colour. There’s a concentrated core of red fruit on the nose, pure but linear. The palate is very serious; there’s plenty of faintly grained and slightly astringent tannin. The acidity is fine, and leads to a very good, mouth-watering length. Super villages.
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