A hot year wine and so not a set-up for my favorite sort of Volnay. There's quality here - potent nose without any heaviness. Lingonberry, cranberry, cassis, grapefruit packed in together with a dose of new oak and flowers. Bracing acidity (in a good sense). But for Caillerets, a let down. Where's the minerality?
The quality is there, but the terroir a bit obscured. I'm not sure if it's the style or simply the vintage. The score here is for the quality, I suppose, rather than my pure enjoyment.
A surprisingy approachable true Volnay from a producer that appears to have rebuilt a once rocky reputation. Rich in its primary corps, displaying a beautiful garnet and cherry red color in the glass, with a warm, restrained nose-- some cherry,strawberry, mushroom scents. The palate was approaching a serious Volnay roundness and some lushness, with deeper black cherry, earthy periphery, some strawberry that may be youth, and a nice finish. But oddly, no doubt in part because of age, the wine seemd to stop short at 3/4 and did not leave a fully satisfying sense of follow through.
Burgundy Dinner (La Pentola): Tasted blind. A bit of a candied/chemical note on the nose at first that was a bit off-putting. As it got some air the chemical note seemed to transform into a pretty floral note with the candied dark red fruits and oak making a strong showing. On the palate this is big, ripe, warm and very well structured. Good potential here but this is a bit of a bruiser on the palate at the moment. Give this minimum 10 years, but I think 15 will be more appropriate. Very good. 89+
Dark purple yet still translucent. Dark cherry on the nose. Seems slightly fat and rich (vintage) on the nose, but the palate is still taut. While it's not sinewy it seems to have lost some of the baby from tasting last year. Good balance with some grainy minerality on the finish reminiscent of ash.
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