2019 Volnay, Domaine Bitouzet-Prieur, Burgundy

2019 Volnay, Domaine Bitouzet-Prieur, Burgundy

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2019 Volnay, Domaine Bitouzet-Prieur, Burgundy

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This is very appealing, round and gentle. There’s plenty of red fruit, a little Volnay violet and density on the palate, but it’s in no way heavy. Fruit is from Echards and the village section of Aussy (but not Petits Gamets, which has been replanted), which imparts a little sturdiness. It’s a very neat expression of the appellation. Drink 2022-2030.

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Jasper Morris MW88-90/100
Full mid red. Very light reduction, probably a good thing, lean and tight redcurrant which might have been a softer cherry style without the reduction. Very good persistence and enough acidity. This should make a fine and balanced Volnay.
Jasper Morris MW, insideburgundy.com (December 2020) Read more
Neal Martin, Vinous90-92/100
The 2019 Volnay Village comes from several parcels, 45% from Les Achats, 45% Les Aussy and 10% Les Petit Garnets, the latter due to be pulled up this year. It has an attractive bouquet with pure red cherry and wild strawberry aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with crunchy red fruit with a touch of bell pepper. I find this very stylish and full of tension, a very well crafted and delicious Volnay that comes highly recommended.
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About this WINE

Domaine Bitouzet-Prieur

Domaine Bitouzet-Prieur

Domaine Bitouzet-Prieur – along with current winemaker François – was born of the marriage of Vincent Bitouzet (of Volnay) and Ann Prieur (of Meursault), bringing together two distinguished Burgundian families.

The domaine has a red cellar next door to Lafarge (who are distant cousins) and a white cellar in Meursault, with reds making up approximately 60 percent of production.

The estate’s notable vineyard holdings include a selection of the finest Premier Cru sites in Volnay and Meursault. The whites are elegant and restrained, rather than being broad-shouldered, old-fashioned Meursault. The reds are de-stemmed, with new oak kept to a modest level.

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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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