Why Big Red Diary?
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2010 Pousse d'Or, Volnay CailleretsNov. 2011
Again there’s a reductive element, but the oak is fainter here. The acidity is higher but so is the intensity. Faint CO2 spoils further appraisal.
2009 Pousse d'Or, Volnay CailleretsNov. 2011
Medium-plus colour. Crystallised dark fruits play on the nose – with less overt oak than the villages Chambolle. The flavour of the oak is obvious but the wine has good tannin with just the right amount of ‘grab’ for a young wine – excellent width and complexity. This is a very engaging wine but without the common minerality of a Caillerets – perhaps it will develop as the oak fades.
2009 Angerville Marquis d', Volnay CailleretsMay. 2011
The nose is of more compact proportions, but again with pretty red fruits. This time there is a more mineral base followed by an expansion of the flavours in the mid-palate. The most prominent aspect of the finish is its impressive minerality.
2007 Potel Nicolas, Volnay CailleretsJul. 2009
Faint herbs over lovely, if relatively restrained red fruits – even a little roasted element in there. More depth and density again, perhaps less impact but it’s beautifully supple. There is structure, but it’s well buried – very pretty wine.
2006 Pousse d'Or, Volnay CailleretsApr. 2008
Medium colour with some purple reflections. High-toned aromatics are the main theme. Well-mamanaged tannins and a dark, slightly reductive element. The fruit in the mid-palate is lovely before fading into a medium length.
1997 Rossignol Nicolas, Volnay CailleretsAug. 2007
An interesting nose, but there’s a cheesy element that’s spoiling the show. The palate is, however, sweet and sophisticated but I find an unusual flavour to the fruit – no suitable descriptor – just odd. The finish lingers well. A curate’s egg.
2005 Potel Nicolas, Volnay CailleretsApr. 2007
Medium-plus colour – almost purple. A wide and really interesting nose of black-shaded fruit over a base of coffee. The finest tannins yet – they are only faintly astringent, despite their abundance. The fruit on the palate is very clean and understated yet very long. This is a fantastic wine and worth a special search.
1995 Pousse d'Or, Volnay CailleretsApr. 2007
Medium garnet core with a more mahogany rim. The nose started wide and forward with bloody, earthy tones. Plenty of time in the glass and you settle to a mineral, raisined cranberry expression, very lovely. The palate is much more understated and lithe, still with just a faint ‘jarr’ to the fine tannin. The acidity is good and you’ll find an equally good intensity from the mid-palate into the finish. Could still do with another 3 or so years in the cellar, but no crime to drink now.
1993 Pousse d'Or, Volnay CailleretsJul. 2005
Deep colour. Equally deep nose of undergrowth, turned-over leaves, black fruit and black olive. Mouth-wrapping tannins, tons of black fruit that gets purer with time in the glass. I think I would have guessed Gevrey. Really interesting.
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