Volnay, which is nestled between Pommard and Meursault has to be one of, if not the most consistent Cote de Beaune appellations for red wine production. The wines, at their best are delicate as silk, with super vivid flavors of cherries, plums, raspberries and aromas of minerals and violets. They can easily compete with Chambolle-Musigny
for the moniker of Burgundy's most elegant appellation.
In the early 20th century, Volnay's reputation was not good as many sketchy merchants used the Volnay name to sell wines from all over France, and even Algeria. But the great Marquis d'Angerville was not at all pleased and, as a result, started by laying the groundwork for the AOC system that is still in use today and is the standard bearer
of all wine classification systems.
Volnay now, with Marquis d'Angerville's and his son's help, is perhaps the most reliable and high quality appellation in all of the Cote de Beaune. Over half the land is classified as 1er Cru with Taillepieds, Clos des Chens, Clos des Ducs and Pousse d'Or's gem "Bousse d'Or" leading the way. There are so many great 1er Crus one cannot really
go wrong. d'Angerville and Lafarge lead the charge of top producers and their wines also age longer than almost everybody in the appellation. Lafarge, especially, needs lots of time, but is worth it. Typically 25-40 years fort the top 1er Crus.
One of Volnay's most famous 1er Crus is actually in Meursault. When it is white wine, which is very rare, it is labelled as Meursault-Santenots and when red it is labeled Volnay-Santenots or Volnay-Santenots-su-Milieu, which is considered the best part of Santenots.
Volnay typically goes for between $40 and $250 a bottle for the higher end Lafarge and d'Angerville 1er Crus, but the sweet spot is usually around $75 a bottle.
Notable recent vintages: 2010, 2009, 2008, 2005, 2002, 1999, 1996, 1995, 1993, 1991, 1990, 1985
Top producers of Volnay (in no particular order) include:
Relevant Posts on Rockss and Fruit: