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2014 Henri Boillot Volnay Les Caillerets

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October 17, 2021 - $91

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RATINGS

93Wine Spectator

A lush, if solid, red, whose fleshy texture provides a foil for the black cherry, violet and spice flavors. The finish turns more austere, yet remains long and satisfying.

93+ Stephen Tanzer

...offering scents of black cherry, licorice, minerals and menthol. Dense, sappy and dry, offering terrific breadth but little easy sweetness to its rich, savory flavors of red berries and minerals...

91Burghound.com

...extract of plum and dark pinot fruit that is liberally laced with floral and spice nuances that are trimmed in subtle oak hints. There is good volume and richness to the solidly well-concentrated and appealingly textured medium-bodied flavors that possess excellent depth and length...

REGION

France, Burgundy, Côte d'Or, Côte de Beaune, Volnay, Les Caillerets

Volnay is a small appellation with just 904 vineyard acres and a town of fewer than 500 residents. Nevertheless, to Burgundy enthusiasts, it's a jewel. Clive Coates calls Volnay “one of the most delightful wines and one of the most rewarding communes in the Côte d’Or.” Robert M. Parker Jr. described Volnay as “the queen of the Côte de Beaune.” Volnay has always been appealing. In the 13th and 14th centuries the powerful Dukes of Burgundy acquired land there and built chateaux. The medieval town sits on the hillside above the vineyards and the appellation is restricted to red wines made of Pinot Noir. Though there are no Grands Crus, there are 35 Premiers Crus. Some reviewers say the lighter soil of Volnay, compared with Pommard to the north, makes Volnay wines more delicate and elegant than wines from neighboring appellations. Robert M. Parker Jr. wrote that Volnay has a “high-quality level of winemaking…The top Volnays possess an immense, seductive fruitiness and lushness…”

TYPE

Red Wine, Pinot Noir, 1er (Premier) Cru

This red wine is relatively light and can pair with a wide variety of foods. The grape prefers cooler climates and the wine is most often associated with Burgundy, Champagne and the U.S. west coast. Regional differences make it nearly as fickle as it is flexible.