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(Potel Nicolas Volnay Vieilles Vignes) Highly rated by Coates on release this wine tightened up and hid it's charms very soon afterwards - most bottles were disappointing until last year when it looked like it might be turning the corner. Today it shows a medium-plus ruby-red colour. Cool, the nose is imbued with a hint of roast coffee and faint plum. As it warms, high-toned red berry fruit and red-currant is released. The palate gives a ripe impression, but still manages to serve-up sour cherry with a caramel edged finish. Still on the up, without a doubt the best bottle from this case.
(Potel Nicolas Volnay Vieilles Vignes) One bottle per year since release and to-date plenty of disappointments - I think I've another 7 or 8 left. The first bottle lived up to the original Clive Coates review, all the others were dumb - most unlike the 1997 - perhaps with this wine we've turned the corner. Despite a slightly musty note (presumably cork derived but not counted as corked) on the nose and palate, at last we have a wine with personality! The colour is deep and shows little advancement. Powdery red fruit over a slightly 'dirty' background. The palate at last shows some interest with dense, even monolithic, red fruit that shows raspberry and strawberry notes. The acidity is good and the finish is also showing much better, slightly creamy extension. Still a year or two away from it's drinking window, but I'm feeling much better about the original purchase...
(Potel Nicolas Volnay Vieilles Vignes) Medium, perhaps medium-plus ruby, but no colour development and only a little lighter at the rim. The nose shows nice raspberry but predominantly redcurrant with a little red cherry. Silky, fat palate with tannins that come through late on the finish. The acidity is quite good, helping the length somewhat. A wine I've tasted 3 times in the last year and each time it leaves me with the feeling I've wasted another bottle due to the excellent base material but very tight presentation. Will probably be very good, and I promise not to open another for at least 2 year
(Potel Nicolas Volnay Vieilles Vignes) Medium ruby colour. Nose of raspberry and red cherry. Furry tannin and reasonable acidity coupled with lovely depth of red fruits. The finish lasts well. Very good. January 2002
(Potel Nicolas Volnay Vieilles Vignes) Medium ruby colour. Nose of raspberry and red cherry. Furry tannin and reasonable acidity coupled with lovely depth of red fruits. The finish lasts well. Very good.
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