Hospices de Beaune Volnay 1er Cru Cuvee Blondeau 2016 Pre Arrival Offer

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Centuries of history in the bottle....
On the third Sunday of November the Hospices de Beaune hosts its annual wine auction. The auction comprises barrels of wine produced by the Hospices from vineyards donated over the centuries.
2016 was the 156th auction and as always it was a truly momentous event that attracted much media attention.
The tasting of the barrels a few days days prior is also a super experience. The wines are only a month or two old but tasting through the 40-odd different cuvees gives you a great feeling for the vintage. 
Last year I decided it was time to indulge myself with the purchase of a barrel again (having not done so since 2011). My choice of cuvee was the Volnay 1er Cru Cuvee Blondeau.
Cuvee Blondeau is named after Francois Blondeau, a serial benefactor, who amongst other donations provided the bells for the Hospices de Charite in 1811 (which can still be heard today), restored the church in Volnay, built a school and finally donated all his vineyards in Volnay and Pommard.
It is an assemblage from the Premier Crus Champans, Taillipieds, Ronceret and Mitans, most of which have great vine age.
The elevage will be completed by Albert Bichot, who for years have been the biggest buyers at the Hospices auction.

For the month of August we offer this wine at a Special Pre Arrival Discount of 25%.
Hospices de Beaune Volnay 1er Cru Cuvee Blondeau 2016
Normally $199.95
Normal Pre Arrival Price $169.95
Special Pre Arrival Price this month $149.95 (Save 25%)
Hospices Blondeau label Darren Harris: Deep, saturated purple. Quite expressive even at this early stage with cool but intense spicy red and black fruits. Nice fruit volume on the palate with underlying acidity providing freshness. Like all top Volnay it has a sense of style; concentration without excess weight.

It is early days but this has all the hallmarks of a classic Volnay from great vineyards. It will interesting to follow in barrel over the next year.
To view and order the wine on our website click here. You may also order by email to asaf@grandmillesime.com.au or telephone. 


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Domaine Robert Ampeau Volnay 1er Cru Santenots 1976

41 years young! Direct from the domaine. Arriving this month.

Antonio Galloni Vinous:
And what to drink with such robust food? A bottle of the 1976 Robert Ampeau Volnay Santenots turned out to be just what the doctor ordered. Ampeau's wines develop at a glacial pace, and this beauty was no exception. Youthful red in color, it offered bright red cherry and floral aromas with more spicy (however closed), brooding flavors on the palate. The red cherry and dark berry fruit were shrouded beneath a very firm but polished cloak of tannins. As the wine was still closed and unyielding, with noteworthy but balanced acidity providing freshness and lift, it seems to be frozen in time, floating in some sort of vinous (no pun intended) suspended animation. The terroir of Santenots (characterized by a thin, red, iron-rich, heavy clay soil lying just above subsoil of hard limestone) tends to result in bigger wines than is typical for Volnay, so it's more than likely Ampeau's winemaking style and the nature of the 1976 vintage (a hot, dry summer led to powerful, tannic wines) that account for this wine's personality. Impressively, this remarkably youthful wine exhibited no roasted or cooked aromas and flavors, and matched extremely well with the lamb broth, the stew and the heart preparations. - May 2015
 91 Points

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