2005 Volnay, Frémiets, 1er Cru, Comte Armand, Burgundy

2005 Volnay, Frémiets, 1er Cru, Comte Armand, Burgundy

Product: 20058023588
2005 Volnay, Frémiets, 1er Cru, Comte Armand, Burgundy

Description

This is archetypal Volnay: elegant, highly-perfumed and made in a deliciously fresh style. Seamless and sensual on the palate, it has excellent length. Highly recommended. Drink 2011-2016.
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Critics reviews

Wine Advocate90-92/100
Burghound91-93/100
Stephen Tanzer89-92/100
Wine Advocate90-92/100
The 2005 Volnay Fremiets (with the ferrous top soil of neighboring Pommard and the chalky bedrock of Volnay) is superbly perfumed with buddleia, black cherry, and licorice. Smooth and polished on the palate, with its abundant tannins so fine grained as to almost melt into the background, this displays fine precision of lasting black fruits, flowers, licorice and chalk. I would count on enjoying it after 5-7 years.
David Schildknecht - Wine Advocate - 2007 Read more
Burghound91-93/100
Here there is only a touch of reduction and the airy and elegant mix of high-toned black and blue fruit aromas nuanced by violet and mineral hints complements to perfection the rich, full and sweet flavors that culminate in a firm, linear and somewhat austere finish. This is a classic Frémiets built on a solid base of minerality.
Alan Meadows - Burghound - Apr-2007 Read more
Stephen Tanzer89-92/100
Good ruby-red. Cassis, blackberry, mint and flowers on the vibrant nose. Then sweet, seamless and palate-caressing, with firm, ripe acidity giving shape and verve to the middle palate. Not as dense as the Epenottes but juicier and more invigorating. Finishes with a flavor of chocolate mint.
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About this WINE

Domaine Comte Armand

Domaine Comte Armand

Owned by the family of the Comte Armand since 1825, Clos des Epeneaux is among Pommard’s most revered vineyards. Post-phylloxera, it wasn’t replanted until 1930. Further vineyards were acquired in ’94: Auxey-Duresses, Auxey-Duresses Premier Cru, Volnay and Volnay’s Frémiets.

The modern era effectively began with Pascal Marchand, who was succeeded as winemaker by Benjamin Leroux. When Ben left in 2014 to focus on his own business, Paul Zinetti took the reins.

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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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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.

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