Clos des Chenes - Volnay's best vineyard

Clos des Chenes - Volnay's best vineyard

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Clos des Chenes from two top producers. Just terrific!
Those who attended our Bouley vs Buffet Dinner at Ryne last night enjoyed a wonderful snapshot of the 2016 Premier Cru Volnays from Domaines Bouley and Buffet. It was enjoyable and educational to compare like wines from two high quality producers all from the gorgeous 2016 vintage.

The progression through the vineyards reached its peak with the last wines - Clos des Chenes from both producers.

Jasper Morris says " Clos des Chenes is considered by many to be among the finest expressions of Volnay." I think we all agreed. Compared to Champans the Clos des Chenes were finer, more complex and with more style. It reminded me of several recent tastings of Nuit-St-Georges and the differences between Les Cailles/Vaucrains and Les St-Georges. All are great vineyards but the latter has more of everything in reserve.

I believe Clos des Chenes is Volnay's best vineyard.

This morning I present the Clos des Chenes from both makers. The quality and style of both wines is very similar - the Bouley is perhaps a little more wild and powerful, the Buffet more sleek and refined. Both are great!

And for those of you who didn't make the dinner I am offering both wines at the dinner prices - less 25% - the same as our original Pre Arrival Prices.

There were numerous other lovely wines from both producers. To see what is available from Domaine Buffet click here and from Domaine Bouley click here. All wines are available at a 25% discount today.

Domaine Francois Buffet Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Chenes 2016
Normally $153.95
Special $115.50
13 bottles available
Buffet Chenes labelJasper Morris MW: Brisk fresh red purple. Quite lively fruit, more the freshness of the vintage than whole bunch fermentation. More density here, plums, dark raspberries, juicy, long and sound. The biggest yield of the vintage, but still only just over 20 hl/ha. 93 Points

Darren Harris: From barrel: The deepest and darkest of the (Buffet) 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.
25 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. Refined. Gosh, this is good!
Domaine Pierrick Bouley Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Chenes 2016
Normally $156.95
Special $117.95
71 bottles available
Bouley Chenes 2016 2 The Fine Wine Review: 49 hl/ha. Here, too, the vines are younger than most of the estate's other vines, being only about 30 years-old. The nose is stony and pure. The mouth shows dark fruits and it is sleeker than that of the Champans. The wine shows excellent energy and penetration and one can feel the limestone in the vineyard. The wine also shows good minerality and length. It should age well. 92-95 Points
Steen Ohman Volnay Clos de Chenes is a powerhouse and the top cuvée here. The nose brimming with juicy red fruit - airy and delicate - brought forward by a intense earthy minerality. On the palate layers of juicy ripe fruit - very fine energy and freshness. This feels lighter and more airy than the 2015 - as the alcohol level also is somewhat lower - nevertheless it offers a quite impressive level of concentration. This is a truly lovely Volnay in the making - generous, complex and cool. Also this year my favorite wine in the Bouley lineup - chapeau Pierrick. 92-93 Points
To view and order both wines on line click here. Or you may email or telephone (03) 9326 5737. In stock now for immediate delivery.

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We have a nice range of Volnay available including a few back vintages.

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Domaine Pierrick Bouley Volnay 1er Cru Santenots 2016
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Volnay from Meursault!
Just when you think you've got a grip on Burgundy's vineyards they throw a spanner in the works.
You'd think all Volnay should come from Volnay. Well it does, except for the 1er Cru Santenots.
Santenots lies entirely across the border in Meursault. Meursault is known for its whites so it makes some sort of sense to label this mostly red wine vineyard as Volnay. 
Santenots was first mentioned way back in 1218 when the Abbey de Tart ceded its Meursault vineyards to Citeaux. The soil here has more clay than most of Volnay and produces a wine of full body and rich texture, but without the tannins of Pommard.
it is a highly rated site but as Jasper Morris MW notes they "really need age to show their merit".
Steen Ohman The Volnay Santenots is a delightful wine in the making. Also vinified without SO2 (June 21st 2017) and is very expressive and cool. The nose is brimming with red and dark fruit - spurred by a fine vibrant minerality. On the palate both generous, complex and offering considerable depth. Perhaps more on the hedonistic side than the Clos de Chenes - but still a both serious and charming effort. Make no mistake - it's forward and generous - yet it's not lacking depth and complexity. 92-93 Points

The Fine Wine Review: 26.7 hl/ha. No SO2 yet added. The nose shows spiced blackberries. The mouth is dense with good structure, very deep blackberry fruit, and overall balance. It is a very good representation of wine from the Santenots vineyard. 90-94 Points
Normally $150.95
Special $113.50
To view and order on our website click here.

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