Volnay Vieilles Vignes 2015
Domaine Joseph Voillot’s Volnay Vieilles Vignes 2015 is a pleasure now, as you’d expect from 50-year-old vines in such a great vintage, but it’s only going to get better. Chunky and quite tannic, it’s a symphony of redcurrants, cranberries, black cherries, wild strawberries, old spice shops and dusty roses. But don’t rush to open this one up unless you buy two, as respected wine critic Neal Martin notes: “Having had the privilege of vintages back to the 1960s, I can vouch that they have an unerring ability to mature with grace and style.”
Joseph Voillot died in 2014 and the mantle was passed to his son-in-law. Jean-Pierre Charlot had been a professor at the Lycée Viticole in Beaune teaching winemaking and his father worked for Bouchard Père et Fils, so wine was already in his blood. What he has done at Domaine Joseph Voillot has made him, for us, one of Burgundy’s unsung heroes. Although massively respected by his fellow vignerons and those in-the-know, for some reason he remains inexplicably under the radar. He’s the archetypal winemaker’s winemaker and also one of Neal Martin’s favourite growers. According to Neal Martin the “soulful wines” made at Domaine Joseph Voillot are a “masterclass in understatement, letting the terroir do all the talking.” And he isn’t alone in his praise, fellow Burgundy expert John Gilman describes this estate as “clearly one of the top addresses for first class Volnay”, while Allen Meadows of Burghound notes that “every single wine in the range is recommended and that is something that rarely occurs”. Jean-Pierre
Charlot has moved the domaine away from too much new oak, lowered the sulphur additions and stopped fining the reds, making them vegan friendly. Anyone with a love of terroir and the more old-school side of Burgundy, needs to be all over Jean-Pierre Charlot’s wines.
£7.73 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 2669476
Style No.: 689482
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