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1998 leroy volnay clos des chênes

leroy volnay clos des chênes

The label assumes that you know that ‘Volnay Clos Des Chênes’ is a premier cru as there is no mention of ‘rank’. This is far from a cheap bottle – 70 Swiss francs – but the tariff is in-line with several producers’ current 1er cru offerings from the Côte de Beaune, it also has the benefit of another 8 years of aging, though clearly a lot 1998’s needed it…
1998 Maison Leroy, Volnay 1er Clos des Chênes try to find this wine...
Deep ruby-red colour. The nose is herbal and meaty with background sweetness and quite some sense of maturity. In the mouth there is the rasp of ’98 tannins, but they are rather a background element. More to the fore is the sweet but freshly packaged fruit – quite some secondary flavour development again with some of that herbal element and lots of sweet and wide mid-palate flavour. Complex and very well balanced with plenty of time on it’s side it’s a world away from 2005/2006’s but that’s no negative. This is actually not bad value for a Leroy and I may indeed buy a couple more for 5-10 years down the line.
Rebuy – Yes

5 responses to “1998 leroy volnay clos des chênes”

  1. Phil Eaves

    Hey Bill how do you know its a 1er could it not be from that small part that is village ?

  2. Phil Eaves

    ok I’ll concede the font size but the village part is 0.67 ha and is situated on the very north western edge within
    the lieu dit Ez Blanches unless it has been gobbled up with the Volnay updates of recent times ? I have had a bottle from Michel Lafarge circa 86 and the font size was suitably reduced.

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