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Community Tasting Notes (5) Avg Score: 89.8 points

  • Mooie belegen Volnay. Werd alsmaar beter, zeker na drie uur open te hebben gestaan. Mooi fruit en tertiaire tonen. Volle ronde smaak met mooie afdronk.

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  • Decanted 1/2 an hour. Pale/medium garnet core, medium pale garnet, slightly orangeing rim. Elegant, gentle strawberry fruited nose, floral and chalky minerals, some sous-bois. Attractive and evocative of place. Medium bodied on the palate, a little on the lean side with spicy strawberry fruit, some damsons, crisply acidic on the medium/good length, still slightly tight finish. Lovely nose and interesting if not hugely engaging on the palate, at least at this point - it may open out and soften with time.

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  • A replacement for the corked bottle we opened a week ago. Decanted for about 2 hours. Color is a nice transparent crimson with very slight fading at the rim. The nose shows earth, spice and cherry. Excellent balance on the palate with clean dark berry fruits and a very smooth texture. The wine has no abrasive edges to it at all finishes with good length.

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  • Thursday night with Charlie, Dan and Chris (Chateau MacKay): Corked. :(

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  • Glossy garnet robe, little evidence of fade at the rim. Nose was initially reticent, but after a couple of hours in glass and decanter bloomed with ripe raspberry fruit, lightly toasted oak and a hint of sliced white mushrooms. The palate showed strawberry, and later deeper cherry tones, and was pleasantly jammy and smooth. A whiff of flowers highlighted the warm rich fruit finish and a faint but persistent acidity supported a pleasant sweet aftertaste. A medium-bodied, gentle, balanced pinot without any pretention to blockbusterdom. I'll decant the next bottle for three to four hours as the wine was definitely improving right up to the last swallow.

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  • By Bill Nanson
    11/1/2005, (See more on Burgundy-Report...)

    (Potel Nicolas Volnay Mitans) Medium-plus ruby-red with a cherry-red rim. The nose, despite starting in an understated way, still shows commendable depth and width. The fruit is red and black, quite dense but without any roast notes - slowly gives-up a more intense red-berry note. The palate is quite fresh, with really impressive intensity and length. The acidity is great and the tannins show quite a lot of grain. Very good length indeed. There's a great future for this ebullient wine.

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