10–15% new oak. Destemmed because of the calcaire majority. (Stems better suited to fruit from clay, giving energy and length.) Deep cherry red. Five parcels, four below the premiers crus on clay and one terre blanche high up, stony. The latter is 60% of the harvest and picked later. Vinified separately and blended before barrel.
A very slight toasty, grilled note but it is from the terroir, ‘grilled minerality’ not to do with the oak. There’s a definite smoky/stony character, not toasty. Dense and rich and powerful but still scented with deep-red Volnay fruit. More powerful than his Pommard village wine. Really powerful and rich. But juicy on the finish. A powerful, chewy Volnay but packed with fruit.
16.5++ points, JancisRobinson.com (November 2019)
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.