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2009 Pavillon, Volnay SantenotsOct. 2011
Medium-plus colour. Deep, dark fruit with floral top notes and a hint of mineral – limited width but great top to bottom dimension. Full, rounded and quite sensuous; not too sweet and there is good buffering acidity. Dark fruit tones and a velvet tannin that you have to search for. Long lasting on a mineral note. More challenging than the Bouchard ‘baby Jesus’ today and a better wine for it – the future can look after itself. Super wine and something of a bargain.
1979 Ampeau Robert, Volnay SantenotsOct. 2011
I don’t usually decant older wines, but my ham-fisted attempt to remove the cork ensured that plenty of pieces dropped into the bottle – so I filtered through an unscented tissue into a decanter. The aromas were soil, soil and more soil – perhaps damp soil too – I initially thought brett but it blew off, so probably wasn’t. Given 20 minutes a very nice, almost creamy red fruit started to show itself – given one hour, this was very pretty indeed. The palate transformed a little less; always silky and with just a little fat for weight, the acidity was the only thing that seemed to change – moving from a little spiky to nicely smooth with aeration. Was a lovely wine, not too robust or rustic – a nice birthday vintage bottle for one of our (younger!) group.
2008 Belland Roger, Volnay SantenotsDec. 2010
Made with the stems. Very pretty aromas – mainly fine red fruits – understated but lovely. Very soft fruits at the wine’s core, perfect acidity, fine tannin and flavours that decay very slowly – super-pretty!
2008 Belland Roger, Volnay SantenotsDec. 2010
Made with the stems. Very pretty aromas – mainly fine red fruits – understated but lovely. Very soft fruits at the wine’s core, perfect acidity, fine tannin and flavours that decay very slowly – super-pretty!
2008 Buisson-Charles, Volnay SantenotsJul. 2010
No hail here but only 20 hl/ha but vinified ‘without compromise’ with 100% of the stems. The aromas have more complexity than the Pommard, if less richness. Plenty of fine tannin. The flavour insinuates itself and becomes very long finishing. There is no extraneous padding here but no hard edges either. This is a buy.
2008 Roche de Bellene, Volnay SantenotsJul. 2010
The aromas are narrower than the Pitures but the red fruit is still a very pretty thing. Again there is some fat here, the tannins being well-covered. Rounder than the Pitures though I preferred that expression of fruit.
2008 Prieur Jacques, Volnay SantenotsApr. 2010
Herb aromas mix with dark fruits. You can taste the herbs on the palate too, mixed with dark cherry fruits and lovely acidity. Vibrant and long. Very pretty wine.
2007 Potel Nicolas, Volnay SantenotsJul. 2009
Medium, medium-plus colour. Dense, mineral aromas that are more faintly fruited – implies power though. A little more roundness and sweetness on the palate – good depth. Again, plenty of structure, but the tinnin is finer grained that what went before. Good length – very likeable.
2006 Pavillon, Volnay SantenotsApr. 2009
Hmmm – interesting wine. On the first sniff there was a hint of unwelcome aldehyde, on the second it was already transformed to flower petals. Slowly the aromas took on density if not so much depth. The flavour reminded me very-much of recently drunk Santenots – but on checking I was surprised to see that my last two were both from 2005, not 2006. There is width, a smattering of faintly astringent tannin and then a lovely extra dimension of creamy red fruit in the mid-palate. Just ripe enough and nicely plump yet almost good enough acidity. This is a very lovely glass and though perhaps missing a comparative hint of intensity, can stand next a decent bottle from 2005. Based on the price I paid, and by recent standards this is a super value bottle.
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