At Pavillon Ledoyen. Stunning how young this wine is showing at 16 years old, but from the other notes here it looks like this is the rule rather than the exception. Edging into early maturity, this has got a beautiful Volnay nose of raspberry, mineral, and floral perfume. The really interesting part of this is that when you take a deep whiff, it's almost as though there's an early/mid/late nose. So plush and seamless on the palate with a long, long finish. Just excellent. Looking forward to re-visiting this over the coming years but wouldn't bother checking in again for another 5 or so - very good and very slowly evolving.
Some Bottles from a Week in France; 4/14/2013-4/21/2013 (Paris, Northern Burgundy, Alsace): Fortunate enough to drink another bottle a year after having the last one. Still primary full ruby. Actually a whiff of ripe, medicinal black cherry as well as earth and menthol. Light and linear. There is a Loy of fruit just waiting to burst forth, but before it gets started, it is rebuffed by dynamite acidity and fine grained dry tannins. Perhaps a bit of evolution over the past year, but I'd still say it needs 10+ years to fully resolve. We saved a good bit of the bottle, so it will be interesting to follow it for a few days.
Second night-While the tannic, earthy background remained, the fruit had risen, becoming redder and less ripe, resulting in much better balance of fruit and acidity. Very beautiful but likely to be as closed and awkward right out of the bottle as it was for us.
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(Marquis d'Angerville Volnay 1er Cru "Clos des Ducs") Nose was slightly reticent at first but soon opened up with incredibly pristine flavors of red fruits, cherries and minerals. Great depth to the nose. Nuanced and layered but minimalistically stripped down to its essential elements. Just deep fruit and mineral. Great nose. The detail was great. The palate kept getting better and better all night. Concentrated with enormous material and a wealth of the purest fruit you can imagine. Exquisite burst on the finish with wonderful barnyard/mineral/red fruit integration. Tannnins were ripe and sweet but wonderfully restraianed sweet. A great palate. Great wine and will easily go twenty more years. This was great. Did I mention this was great?
(Marquis d'Angerville Volnay Clos des Ducs) Medium-plus ruby-red with a cherry-red rim. The nose starts broad and brawny, slipping for a moment into bright red berries before settling into a medium intensity mix of sweet coffee inflected red cherry, some higher tones continue to evolve. Almost painful intensity of high-toned fruit - very, very impressive! Good acidity and very good tannins though not so svelte as those in de Montilles' Les Mitans. Great length - a King in waiting - I think the next test shouldn't be before 2012.
(Marquis d'Angerville Volnay Clos des Ducs) The colour is just a little darker than the 1998. The nose has a little more pronounced blueberry fruit together with the red cherry and a little flowery at the top, smells quite sweet too. Wow ! - What a fruit concentration, this wine is just so fat with a mixture of red and black fruit - really intense. The acidity is good and the tannin smoother than the 1998, but the finish is much, much longer. This wine rates as outstanding !
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