2011 Volnay, Frémiets, 1er Cru, Comte Armand, Burgundy

2011 Volnay, Frémiets, 1er Cru, Comte Armand, Burgundy

Product: 20118023588
2011 Volnay, Frémiets, 1er Cru, Comte Armand, Burgundy

Description

An ethereal, sensual nose shows some whole bunches here before a tighter and more controlled structure emerges towards the back of the palate. With a lovely long finish it is a delicious wine once again.
Jasper Morris MW, Berrys' Burgundy Director
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Critics reviews

Burghound91-92/100
Decanter90/100
Stephen Tanzer89-91/100
Burghound91-92/100
This is more refined still with an elegant, fresh and admirably pure nose of red and blue pinot fruit, violets and plum. Here too there is excellent detail on the intensely mineral-driven and moderately muscular flavors that culminate in a restrained and understated finish. Good juice with plenty of upside development potential.
Alan Meadows - Burghound - Jan-2013 Read more
Decanter90/100
Lifted florals plus cherry and strawberries on the palate. A serious Volnay 1er Cru with firm acidity and tannins built to age.
Jeannie Cho Lee - Decanter - Feb-2016
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Stephen Tanzer89-91/100
Bright medium red. Pretty aromas of cherry, rose petal and licorice. Densely packed and firm, with a medicinal reserve to the cherry and licorice flavors. Finishes with a firm tannic spine. Plenty of fruit here but this will need some time in bottle. In a rather Pommard style, but then these vines are adjacent to Pommard Les Fremiers.
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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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