Below Les Caillerets and deeper soil than there. In this vintage the limestone determines the style, thinks Rossignol. ‘Perfect balance between clay and limestone.’ Three producers bottle this premier cru. 30% whole bunch.
Deepest crimson. Very rich, spicy and ripe but just avoids overripeness. Black plums, dark and savoury on the palate, lots of spice and super-rich. Deep, chewy, powerful and full of black fruit. Dense and compact tannins but rounded on the finish. A big, rich wine, not for the faint-hearted. Very long. Power but all in a tight structure.
17 points, JancisRobinson.com (November 2019)
Cask sample. Rather rich crimson. This is really ripe on the nose! Super-sweet with oodles of charm and (just) enough acid and tannin to keep it on the rails. Certainly very clean and with grand cru intensity. I fear for some palates this will be just too much of a good thing!
17 points, JancisRobinson.com (January 2020)
Volnay is renowned for producing delicate, elegant and graceful wines. The appellation spans 242ha of vineyards, of which 115ha is divided among 26 Premier Crus. Some of the most notable of these are Bousse d'Or, Champans, Clos des Ducs, Les Caillerets and Santenots. Red wine from the Santenots vineyard is labelled as Volnay Santenots.
The wines of Vonay combine distinction, nobility, finesse, elegance, feminity, and an incomparable bouquet. Their robe can range from a tender rose red to the deepest ruby. A delicate bouquet of red berries (raspberry, blackberry) and violets, tannins that may be soft or quite robust, and a gracefully voluptuous palate place these wines among the best representatives of the Côte de Beaune.