Why Big Red Diary?
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2009 Angerville Marquis d', Volnay ChampansMay. 2011
This has a more floral scent. Stony yet a little less mineral flavour – less padding too – but the flavours are more intense. Just the merest hint of oak texture in the finish just now – it will be gone in 3-6 months. Lovely.
2007 Potel Nicolas, Volnay ChampansJul. 2009
The nose offers a depth of darker fruit versus the Caillerets – almost a velvet impression and hints of chocolate – some whole clusters used here. The texture is also velvet with a hint of tannin astringency. A juicy and mouth-watering finish. Here I prefer the aromatics versus the Caillerets, though I marginally prefer the latter’s flavours.
2007 Terres d'Arômes, Volnay ChampansApr. 2009
The colour is medium, medium-plus cherry red with a faint purple rim. When first opened, there’s deep scent of faintly musky dark fruit, slowly the muskiness fades and the dark cherry moves to the fore, even accented by creaminess. More and more the nose fills and rounds out with higher tones – despite the dark fruit profile it’s a very elegant and lovely nose. In the mouth there’s very fine tannin that adds a little texture, fresh acidity and fruit that really imposes itself only from the mid-palate – but it widens nicely and has good depth.
2006 Angerville Marquis d', Volnay ChampansDec. 2008
Medium, medium-plus colour – like the Fremiet. The nose is like a blend of the previous two wines with a little extra high-toned dimension. Deep and forceful. The tannin remains a background element. Dark fruit and very long.
2005 Comtes Lafon, Volnay ChampansApr. 2008
Medium-plus colour. Dark fruits, a little oak and floral tones – violets on the nose. Meatier tannins and good dry extract too though the tannins aren’t quite covered. The length is very impressive, dark and interesting.
2005 Voillot Joseph, Volnay ChampansApr. 2008
Medium and a bit depth of colour. The nose is deeply red with an impression of soft oak in the background. It’s a narrow entry, right through into the finish where it suddenly widens and shows a lovely length of flavour. The fruit is a mix of beautifully melded cherry and raspberry, the tannin must be in there somewhere but the impression is just the smooth ride to the finish. Compelling, but less interesting and open today than the Brouillards despite a little more density.
2006 Voillot Joseph, Volnay ChampansApr. 2008
This has been bottled a little longer and is a little deeper in colour. A wide, floral and interesting nose. In the mouth there’s a little more understated power, more tannic but balanced and showing another dimension of flavour in the mid-palate. Also lovely.
2005 Angerville Marquis d', Volnay ChampansNov. 2007
A wide nose but not so deep. This shows as a cross between the previous two wines but with considerable better length. Very nice indeed.
2004 Potel Nicolas, Volnay ChampansMar. 2006
A high-toned and very interesting nose. The palate shows and edge more intensity vs the Santenots yet a little less structure and certainly doesn’t show its 14°! Apparently this parcel is always riper than the surrounding vines, but still retains good acidity. With the last swirl the nose is putting on more weight. Another fine effort.
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