Introducing Domaine Francois Buffet. Five different 2016 Volnay Premier Crus. Save 25% this week


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Classic Volnay...
Introducing Domaine Francois Buffet
Bill Nanson, The Burgundy Report: "Here are super underground cellars - something of a luxury in Volnay - a warren of rooms, some containing older vintages - "Helpful to offset some of the missing volume from the last years:" says Marc-Olivier Buffet. These are damp cellars like Lafarge - don't touch something for a while and it will disappear under the penecillium....

Marc-Olivier describes this as a "small domaine of 8 hectares, in the family for centuries." Francois was Marc-Olivier's grandfather, Marc-Olivier taking the domaine on from his father, Jacques, in 2005. They produce eleven 1er crus including wines from as far-afield as Savigny and Pernand - they have 6 in Volnay.

Marc-Olivier explains that it is mainly small volumes of each cuvee as the vines are 'vieilles-vignes'. 2 from 3 vintages are Bio, but they reserve the prerogative to occasionally use something 'synthetic'. Some parcels are even managed 'biodynamically', but Marc-Olivier says that he's not prepared to take the risk every year."

The 2016's from Domaine Buffet arrived last year but it was only this past weekend that I got around to retasting the wines. I opened four of the five cuvees (excluding Le Village which has almost sold out) and tasted them blind. It was quite an informative experience and suffice to say I didn't get the wines in the correct order.

But what was apparent is a purity and intensity from old vines and very low cropping in 2016 that across the board has made for gorgeously textured wines. Combine that with the fresh, juicy fruit character of 2016 and we have heaven in a bottle.

With prices of reds from the Cote de Nuits always on the rise I urge you to take a look at Volnay. The wines are aromatic and delicious - not unlike Chambolle-Musigny.

Today we present the full range of Domaine Buffet Volnay 1er Cru Volnay 2016 at what were our original Pre Arrival Prices. This is a new address in our portfolio and I highly recommend the wines.
Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Chenes 2016
Normal Price $153.95
Special $115.50
Buffet Chenes label
Darren Harris: The deepest and darkest of the wines tasted, not surprisingly as this is one of Volnay's greatest vineyards. The nose has aromas of red and black berries with more concentration. The palate is long and powerful with plenty of acid and tannin driving the wine to a long finish. Very good indeed.
24 Feb 2019: Racy fruit with notes of tart cherry and minerals. More elegant than expected with refined fresh, zippy fruit. Intense but not weighty with a long finish.

Jancis Robinson: 
Firm, pale crimson. Light, slightly vegy nose with excellent suave fruit on the palate with fine tannins and much more ambition than the Clos de la Rougeotte. Lots to savour here. Quite long. 16.5/20
Volnay 1er Cru Taillepieds 2016
Normal Price $153.95
Special $115.50
Buffet Taillepieds label
Darren Harris: 
Rich, bright colour. Morello cherries and plums with a lovely cherry pit nuance. Mouthfilling with fresh, juicy, vibrant fruit that coats the palate. A little muscle but round and textured with very fine dusty tannins on the finish. A lovely drink.

Jancis Robinson:
Noticeably paler than the Clos des Chênes. Light nose and drier on the palate (as in less sweet rather than drying) than its stablemates. Masses of texture and energy. Clean and expressive. Lots to chew on. A real mouthful of interest and not nearly resolved yet. Considerable, fine tannins. 17/20
Volnay 1er Cru Clos de la Rougeotte Monopole 2016
Normal Price $153.95
Special $115.50

Buffet Rougeotte label
Darren Harris: Buffet's Monopole is just half a hectare in size. More aromatic and layered than Le Village with strong notes of raspberry and minerals. The palate builds in the middle with juicy fruit followed by a reasonably firm finish.
24 Feb 2019: Tasted blind. Intense nose of dark fruits and minerals with a back note of fine herbs. The palate is long and complex with texture and freshness. A little more savoury than Taillepieds. A most interesting Volnay.

Jancis Robinson: 
This is the family's monopole. Wines, made only 10 hl/ha thanks to the frost, were aged for 22 months in oak. 
Light nose - not sure it qualifies as 'delicate'. There's a light graphite note and flattering round fruit. It seems a tad simple at the moment but certainly almost approachable. Just a bit of dryness on the end. 16/20

Volnay 1er Cru Le Village 2016
Normal Price $153.95
Special $115.50

Buffet Village label Darren Harris: Refined nose of wild strawberry, stones and flowers. The most elegant 1er Cru here with lifted aromatics and a very supple palate. Juicy and very tasty.

Only 14 bottles left.

Volnay 1er Cru Champans 2016
Normal Price $153.95
Special $115.50

Buffet Champans Label Considered by many to be the greatest vineyard of Volnay but, alas, the wine was sold out when I visited. The domaine did find me a few cases so I am able to offer it. 

Buffet have 0.47 hectares with a vine age of 66 years.

Darren Harris: 24 Feb 2019: Tasted blind. I thought this was the Clos des Chenes. The darkest fruit of the lineup. Some florals over juicy, complex fruit with the slightest hint of fresh, stony earth. The mid palate is quite powerful, gorgously textured and layered with a fine tannic spine. Old vines! Serious Volnay with the potential to age for a decade or more.

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Ampeau Volnay Santenots Label
Domaine Robert Ampeau Volnay 1er Cru Santenots 1976
Last 4 bottles
Yes, Volnay does age very well!

Direct from the domaine.

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

Normal Price $265.00
Bin Ends Special $209.95
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