Country: France Region: Burgundy
Category: Red Wine Color: Red Varietal: Pinot Noir
Producer: Louis Jadot
Volnay lies roughly in the centre of the Côte de Beaune, bordered by Pommard to the Northeast, Monthélie to the West and Meursault to the South. The south-easterly exposed vineyards produce only red wines and 26 Premiers Crus.
Crowned by a limestone plateau, the Volnay vineyards have a sub soil composed of Argovien marlstone and in its bordering parts of Pommard and Meursault, a Bathonien clay and limestone scree. High in pebbles.
The altitude varies between 230 and 370 m above sea level.
Volnay, admired for its delicacy, its sap, and its bouquet, has always been thought of as the most feminine of Bourgogne wines. Though certain of its terroirs modify this judgement with more vigorous and muscular versions, it truly does stand out among the red wines of the Côte de Beaune like the lipstick imprint of a kiss... The colour varies from bright ruby to a light garnet.
Its aromas are of violet, gooseberry, cherry, and - with age - spices, game and cooked prune. It has an immediate appeal which, added to a slight natural precocity, means it can be fully open while still relatively young. The attack is fresh, the finish is warm. Drinking this wine, one seems to bite into a fresh fruit and breath in its heady aroma.