Red, Ready, but will improve

2010 Volnay, Domaine du Comte Armand

2010 Volnay, Domaine du Comte Armand

Red | Ready, but will improve | Domaine Comte Armand | Code:  10003 | 2010 | France > Burgundy > Cote de Beaune > Volnay | Pinot Noir | Medium-Full Bodied, Dry | 13.0 % alcohol

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Scores and Reviews

BURGHOUND

88-91/100

GALLONI

88-90

JANCIS

16.5/20

WA

90/100

BURGHOUND - This offers a step up in aromatic refinement with a cool and airy nose of kirsch and floral notes that are in keeping with the sappy and delicious extract-rich flavors that possess a silky mouth feel due in large part to the presence of incredibly silky tannins. As with all of these 2010s, there is really lovely balance and a discreet touch of minerality on the firm and dusty finish. Recommended.
Alan Meadows - Burghound - 01-Apr-2012

GALLONI - The 2010 Volnay comes across as delicate and perfumed in this vintage. Dark red fruit, crushed flowers and licorice come together as the wine finds its focus on the mid-palate and finish. Ideally the 2010 is best enjoyed over the next few years.
Antonio Galloni - Feb-2012

JANCIS - Light ruby. Smoky nose, lots of fruit and chew too. Very lively and fruity. Racy with no rough edges. Fine and confident. A fairly tough Volnay. Solid stuff!
Jancis Robinson - jancisrobinson.com - 12-Jan-2012

WA - Tasted blind, to be honest I thought we were in the Cte de Nuits when tasting the 2010 Volnay from Comte Armand. You are duped by the lushness and precocity on the nose: choke cherry and cranberry flanked by lavender scents that just burst from the glass. Medium-bodied and seductively smooth, there is still some oak to be fully subsumed on this Volnay that is sexy in style la 2009. It is an impressive Volnay, stylish and exuberant, one that deserves two or three more years in bottle.
Neal Martin - 29/06/2015

The Producer

Domaine Comte Armand

Domaine Comte Armand

The family of the Comte Armand has owned the vineyard of Clos des Epeneaux in Pommard since 1826. The vineyard wasn’t replanted post-phylloxera until 1930, but has since confirmed its rating as one of Pommard’s very finest sites. After many years when the Clos des Epeneaux was the sole wine made at the domaine, further vineyards were acquired in 1994: Auxey-Duresses, Auxey-Duresses Premier Cru, Volnay and Volnay Frémiets. The younger vines from the Clos des Epeneaux are also sold as Pommard or Pommard Premier Cru.

The modern era began under Pascal Marchand (whose first vintage was 1985), followed by Benjamin Leroux and now Paul Zinetti, Benjamin’s second-in-command. Each has left their mark: Pascal Marchand elevated the domaine, making it the greatest Pommard estate, and Benjamin Leroux oversaw conversion to biodynamics (certified from 2005).

Since 2014, Paul Zinetti has been at the helm, and a subtle but discernible change is underway. The Clos des Epeneaux’s famous dense, rich, tannic composition, so individual and impressive, is being gently moderated towards a wine that will be accessible a little earlier, while in no way undermining the ageability of one of Burgundy’s great terroirs. The firmest tannins are less evident after only gentle pumping-over and a very limited number of punch-downs. A new de-stemming machine is also delivering much better quality whole berries.

The Grape

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is probably the most frustrating, and at times infuriating, wine grape in the world. However when it is successful, it can produce some of the most sublime wines known to man. This thin-skinned grape which grows in small, tight bunches performs well on well-drained, deepish limestone based subsoils as are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or.

Pinot Noir is more susceptible than other varieties to over cropping - concentration and varietal character disappear rapidly if yields are excessive and yields as little as 25hl/ha are the norm for some climats of the Côte d`Or.

Because of the thinness of the skins, Pinot Noir wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However the best wines have grip, complexity and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, redolent with freshly crushed raspberries, cherries and redcurrants. When mature, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouth feel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey "sous-bois" nuances emerging.

The best examples are still found in Burgundy, although Pinot Noir`s key role in Champagne should not be forgotten. It is grown throughout the world with notable success in the Carneros and Russian River Valley districts of California, and the Martinborough and Central Otago regions of New Zealand.

The Region

Volnay

Volnay

The finest and most elegant red wines of the Côte de Beaune are grown in Volnay, a village which might be twinned with Chambolle- Musigny in the Côte de Nuits, for the high active chalk content in the soil and comparatively low clay content.

Whereas in earlier times Volnay was made in a particularly light, early drinking style, these days there are many producers making wines which age extremely well. The best vineyards run either side of the RN73 trunk road.
  • 98 hectares of village Volnay
  • 115 hectares of Premier Cru vineyards (35 in all). The finest include Les Taillepieds, Clos des Chênes, Champans, Caillerets (including Clos des 60 Ouvrées) and Santenots in Meursault.
  • Recommended producers:  LafargeLafonde Montille

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