Red, Ready, but will improve

2005 Volnay, Domaine du Comte Armand

2005 Volnay, Domaine du Comte Armand

Red | Ready, but will improve | Code:  2128 | 2005 | France > Burgundy > Cote de Beaune > Volnay | Pinot Noir | Medium-Full Bodied, Dry | 14.0 % alcohol


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Scores and Reviews







Burghound - Fairly heavy reduction makes the nose all but impossible to read but underneath the funk one can "see" very ripe blue and violet aromas that lead to surprisingly fresh and bright middle weight flavors that are punch, round and intense and wrapped in a finely detailed finish. There is a touch of rusticity but the flavors are neither tough nor hard though it's clear that this is built to age.
Alan Meadows - Burghound - 01-Apr-2007

Jancis - Very full, opulent and splendid on the nose. Still tingly but very impressive for the price. Bursting with wildlife!
Jancis Robinson - - 24-Jan-2007

Tanzer - Good dark red. Superripe aromas of black cherry, licorice and menthol. Big and ripe but youthfully tight for village wine, with its medicinal and chocolatey elements needing some time to harmonize. Superripe and sweet but with plenty of energy and structure. Leroux says this wine spent 16 months in the same barrels (15% new), and was racked only prior to being bottled.
Stephen Tanzer - Mar-2008

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



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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