Finesse and Charm: Exquisite New Premier Cru Volnay

Lace.  The wines of Volnay are all about finesse. Setting a perfect foil to the rich, meaty wines of its neighbor Pommard, Volnay embodies subtlety and elegance. The soils of Volnay are unusually rich in limestone, and the resulting wines have a distinctive lace-like minerality. As Rajat Parr puts it, “Volnay makes some of the most charming and delightful red wines of the Côte d’Or.”

The Caillerets vineyard is considered among the finest in the appellation; in fact the local saying goes “he who has no vines in Caillerets knows not the worth of Volnay.” Whether that’s all true or not, today’s Volnay 1er cru Caillerets, from the Domaine Michel Prunier, is delicious and exceptionally fine in 2014. The local tasters from the Chevaliers de Tastevin anointed it with the “Tastevinage” sticker.


Aristocracy.  Michel Prunier and his daughter Estelle make honest, traditional red and white Burgundies from their small domaine in Auxey-Duresses. This Volnay 1er cru Caillerets is the finest wine in their lineup, and shows the brilliance of this exceptional terroir. This wine has many happy years ahead of it, but the bottle we decanted last night was delightful.

The nose is rich and enticing, showing violets, dark chocolate and raspberries. The mouth is balanced, silky, and very long. Alongside a smooth, chalky minerality, look for notes of cassis and forest floor, with a silky, velvet mouthfeel that’s long, and very fine. If you can keep your hands off of it, this wine will be singing in a year or two, and even better in four.


PRUNIER Volnay 1er cru “Caillerets” 2014
Ansonia Retail: $66
case, half-case price: $58/bot




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