2005 Volnay, Les Santenots, 1er Cru, Maison Leroy, Burgundy

2005 Volnay, Les Santenots, 1er Cru, Maison Leroy, Burgundy

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2005 Volnay, Les Santenots, 1er Cru, Maison Leroy, Burgundy

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A very densely fruited, ripe and highly complex black fruit nose that evidences notes of anise, cinnamon and a subtle underbrush nuance that can also be found on the very rich and ultra pure flavors that are delicious, focused and wonderfully fresh, wrapped in a concentrated and impressively detailed finish that saturates the palate. Wow, this is a clear step up from the Narbantons and this will need at least 15 years to be at its best. Drink 2017 +

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Burghound91-94/100
Stephen Tanzer91-94/100
Jancis Robinson17.5/20
Burghound91-94/100
A very densely fruited, ripe and highly complex black fruit nose that evidences notes of anise, cinnamon and a subtle underbrush nuance that can also be found on the very rich and ultra pure flavors that are delicious, focused and wonderfully fresh, wrapped in a concentrated and impressively detailed finish that saturates the palate. Wow, this is a clear step up from the Narbantons and this will need at least 15 years to be at its best. Drink 2017 +

Burghound.com (Jan 2007) Read more
Stephen Tanzer91-94/100
Deep ruby-red. Smoky black fruits and dark chocolate on the nose. Chewy and impressively concentrated, with strong, perfectly integrated acids framing and carrying the rich flavors of smoky black fruits. Some superripe notes emerge with aeration. But although this wine is distinctly outsized for its 13.1% alcohol, there's nothing exaggerated about it. Really spreads out to coat the palate on the back end, which features lush, buffered tannins and some nutty oak tones.

Stephen Tanzer, vinous.com (Mar 2007) Read more
Jancis Robinson17.5/20
Lalou has an extraordinary impressionistic magnified photograph illustrating just how sick these vines were when she took them over but the wine is a fine testament to the curative powers of biodynamics. Amazing deep purple. Extremely opulent, definitively Côte de Beaune, at its creamiest, richest, velvetiest. Round, almost treacly it’s so thick. Dry finish. This wine is not at all hot but it’s the first in this range to seem super-ripe.

Jancis Robinson, jancisrobinson.com (Aug 2007) Read more

About this WINE

Maison Leroy

Maison Leroy

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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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