In this three-bottle vertical, you’ll receive one bottle each of the following Domaine Nicolas Rossignol Volnay 2015 Domaine Nicolas Rossignol Volnay 2016 Domaine Nicolas Rossignol Volnay 2017
The ethereal wines of Volnay are undeniably the most sought after reds of the Côte de Beaune, with 98 hectares of village wine and 115 of Premier Cru, largely situated on hillsides. And these hillsides are far more pronounced than most, at least in the context of Burgundy’s gently undulating slopes. In fact, historically, Volnay has always had the reputation of mountain terroir. This proved desirable among the Capetian Dukes of Burgundy who built a Châteaux there early in the 11th century.
As with most Burgundian communes, the best terroir lies mid-slope. Here the vines benefit from exposure, the refraction and reflection of heat to promote optimal ripening, together with good drainage. Higher up, the vines are more exposed to the elements while lower down, they are governed by denser soils that promote rusticity over finesse.
And Volnay is all about the sort of finesse, elegance, precision and laciness expressed by Nicolas’ assiduous touch, rather than force and muscle. The latter is the domain of neighbouring Pommard. The fruit for this cuvée is blended from the plots of Les Buttes, Les Grands Champs, Les Famines and Les Lurets; where the vine age varies from 10 to 60 years old. If one were to seek Volnay’s sibling on the Côte de Nuits it would surely be Chambolle-Musigny, the most beguiling.
"It seems, and I’m no expert, there’s a lot of fans of 2015 red Burgundy (including the winemakers), and a number of others who feel it can be a bit over-done. Well, there’s good wines always, any vintage... Red and black fruits, a little perfume, with a slight mint toffee note and spice. Medium bodied, good weight and freshness, though quite ripe and plump, some strawberry, softer tannin, though still with a suede quality and texture, a minor but attractive bitterness plays out on a good finish. Very enjoyable. Great for a village wine too."
93+ points, Wine Front (December 2017)
"A blend of five different vineyards, four of them from clayey soils at the bottom of the incline, the 2016 Volnay Village has an elegant raspberry and cranberry-scented nose with subtle freshly tilled earth/loam scents underneath. The palate is well balanced with juicy ripe tannin, crisp cranberry and wild strawberry fruit with an almost Pommard-like structure on the chalky finish. Very fine."
(89-91) points, Wine Advocate (December 2017)
"A blend of five different vineyards, one at the top of the hill representing 60% of the blend, the totally de-stemmed 2017 Volnay Village has an expressive, quintessential Volnay bouquet of pure black cherries and blueberry fruit. The medium-bodied palate offers fleshy red berry fruit laced with sage and white pepper; hints of clove pop up toward the finish. One of Rossignol’s more approachable cuvées. Very fine."
(89-91) points, Vinous (January 2019)
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.