(Rossignol vinified this fruit with 50% whole clusters as there was less hail here): Bright red-ruby. Complex, enticing aromas of blackberry, blueberry, spices and underbrush, plus a whiff of leather. Delivers lovely intensity to its dark berry flavours, with limestone energy giving the wine good tension in the mouth. Nothing monolithic about this Volnay! Finishes with serious tactile tannins and excellent length. In the future Rossignol plans to give this wine more time in barrel.
90-93 points, Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, November 2015.
Lively and fresh. Masses of fruit – almost too much! Less subtle than the other Volnays. Big and bold and meaty. Tannic finish – a bit of hail effect?
16.5 points, Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com, January 2016.
Volnay is renowned for producing delicate, elegant and graceful wines. The appellation spans 242ha of vineyards, of which 115ha is divided among 26 Premier Crus. Some of the most notable of these are Bousse d'Or, Champans, Clos des Ducs, Les Caillerets and Santenots. Red wine from the Santenots vineyard is labelled as Volnay Santenots.
The wines of Vonay combine distinction, nobility, finesse, elegance, feminity, and an incomparable bouquet. Their robe can range from a tender rose red to the deepest ruby. A delicate bouquet of red berries (raspberry, blackberry) and violets, tannins that may be soft or quite robust, and a gracefully voluptuous palate place these wines among the best representatives of the Côte de Beaune.