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d’angerville 2001 volnay 1er clos des ducs

angerville-ducsThere was hail in Volnay in 2001 – some producers declassified their best wines – I don’t remember how badly d’Angerville’s Clos des Ducs was affected, if at all, but this is not up to their usual overachieving standard – I respectfully suggest that it was also a candidate for a different label…

2001 d’Angerville, Volnay 1er Clos des Ducs
A good medium, medium-plus colour. It’s an ever-changing nose, though not particularly in a good way: it starts a little diffuse and harsh, then there is a period of absolute red-fruited Volnay beauty followed again by diffuse and slightly green notes. You go through this cycle each time you top up your glass! In the mouth the fruit has a very nice perfume, reasonable density and there is some real persistence of flavour – yet the overall effect is slightly tart and certainly has a little ungainly tannin. It contains some great Volnay references, but it’s far from a great Clos des Ducs…
Rebuy – No

4 responses to “d’angerville 2001 volnay 1er clos des ducs”

  1. chambolle

    I rarely will write off an entire vintage, but as far as Volnay 2001 is concerned, it is difficult not to do so. I know of no wines from the commune in 2001 that are up to par, including those paragons like the d’Angerville and Lafarge range of villages and 1ers. Try as they might, even the best just could not transcend the bad hand nature dealt them. It happens less frequently now than it did a couple of decades ago, but now and then there is still a growing season that is simply a disaster. 2001 in Volnay seems to be one of those. No doubt someone will correct me if I’m just plain wrong.

  2. chambolle

    I tasted an awful lot of 2001 Volnay during Les Grands Jours way back when, and have followed some of them in he ensuing years. As you say, when Clos des Ducs barely registers as a decent villages or mediocre 1er, something is rotten in the state of Denmark. I recall tasting from barrel chez Lafarge and trying mightily not to be completely underwhelmed by the wines, at the same time I listened to Michel and Frederic describe their heroic efforts to make lemonade (or more precisely, good wine) with the lemons the weather had dealt them. There were places the sun shone on the growers in 2001 — Gevrey and Vosne and Chambolle surely yielded some wonderful surprises — but Volnay, sadly, nyet, nein, non, nopity nope.

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