Michel & Marc Rossignol Vertical

Tasted March 16, 2018 by WhatsSamSipping with 78 views

Introduction

This was a tasting I set up with some co-workers of mine. A taste through some of the best vintages of the 90's of Volnay.

Flight 1 (4 notes)

Red
1996 Michel et Marc Rossignol Volnay 1er Cru Pitures France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Volnay 1er Cru
This was immediately approachable. Sure there was some must but it blew off quickly. Taut fruit but very soft tannins.

After decanting it became much earthier. Though the fruit was never lost.
Red
1995 Michel et Marc Rossignol Volnay 1er Cru Pitures France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Volnay 1er Cru
There's more here than the '96. More tannins, more potential, more flesh of the fruit.

The fruit is red, pretty, and very much intact. There's woods and moss are developing but it seems a long way off still.

Age this longer if you want something more savory.
Red
1991 Michel et Marc Rossignol Volnay 1er Cru Pitures France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Volnay 1er Cru
This is a little more fragile but is in a wonderful drinking spot. Must characters mixed with very tender red fruit. It is hard to describe the texture as it is so soft.

I wouldn't decant this as it seems to be balanced on a pin as it is. This was a rough vintage but it has survived the decades and shown its metal.
Red
1990 Michel et Marc Rossignol Volnay 1er Cru Pitures France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Volnay 1er Cru
It seems a little older than a teenager. It's really remarkable. While it's not muscular like Gevrey-Chambertin it seems to go calmly on just the same.

This is full of primary fruit. Though if you let it sit or decant it you'll get wet mushrooms and plenty of other garrigue aromas.

This is worth aging for longer just to marvel at its lifeline.

Closing

Afterwards we were all surprised at the freshness these wines still retained. The primary fruit was still very much intact. Developing wet earth but these wines could age further.

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