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weekend wines – week 45 2017 – a brace of caillerets


To paraphrase James Bond – Caillerets. Volnay Caillerets…

2010 Nicolas Rossignol, Volnay 1er Cailleret
A completely unbranded cork, just a serial number.
Good deep colour. The nose is rather round, padded with some oak spice – seemingly a textured aromatic but I’m missing the clarity of fruit I look for in a Caillerets. Supple entry, nice weight of flavour, complex too with a fine balance – there’s a beautiful velvet texture but like the nose, this is very much today an oak-spiced wine rather than a wine of fruit – or indeed Volnay. Very tasty wine but clearly opened far too young if you want to find its inner Caillerets…
Rebuy – Maybe

2010 Rebourgeon-Mure, Volnay 1er Caillerets
Just a shade lighter in colour. This nose has higher tones and a more obvious base in fruit – dark-red fruit of nice clarity. More obviously silky as there is less overt tannic grain. Melting fruit flavour with just a faint texture of tannin in the finish. Slowly mouth-watering in the finish. This, is the more overtly Caillerets wine of the two today, I’d still like a little more dimension of aroma, but the finish is first class. Really lovely wine…
Rebuy – Yes

3 responses to “weekend wines – week 45 2017 – a brace of caillerets”

  1. suvroinhi

    I am trying to understand, hence this somewhat novice question.
    Since both are from the same vineyard, same vintage, to what would you attribute the difference in fruitiness of the two wines?
    Is it the time of the picking? My assumption is that they were not picked too far apart in time, but I could be wrong.
    Is it the method of pressing? The aging?
    It is a complex phenomena, and as a chemist I am trying to understand what all contributes to the subtle, or not-so-subtle, differences between two bottles of wine sourced from the same “terroir”.

    1. Mark C Johnson

      Winemaker decisions. Many variables; when to pick, cold soak, extraction, elevage, oak, toast, duration.

  2. musignymike@gmail.com

    Also what blocks they picked from and the cuvee they finalized

Agree? Disagree? Anything you'd like to add?

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