Philosophy Volnay’s red wines, renowned for their unique alliance of depth and finesse, subtlety and a silky, velvety palate, are among Burgundy’s finest. They have always been among the favourites of the Delaunay family. Succeeding in crafting and presenting a beautiful Volnay, imbued with all of the qualities of its appellation, was a task that the House of Edouard Delaunay could not pass up the opportunity to undertake.
Terroir Volnay’s fame dates far back in time. In 1666, Claude Bouchu, Louis XIV’s intendant, recommended what he considered “the best wine in Burgundy” to the king. Perched high up in the Côte de Beaune (between 230 and 280 metres in altitude), Volnay is adjacent to hill of Chaignot. The appellation is surrounded by the villages of Meursault, Pommard and Monthélie. The grapes for this cuvée hail from plots located at the foot of the slopes, where the limestone and red-marl soil is rich and deep, lending minerality and finesse to the wine.
Vinfication and ageing Always reaching optimal ripeness, this appellation is the first to be harvested at Edouard Delaunay! The grapes were handpicked and completely destemmed. Vinification was conducted without the use of sulphites and with very little punch-down in order to preserve all of the finesse of this terroir. After 18 days, the wine was transferred to barrels (15% new oak) and allowed to age for 15 months.
Tasting notes Beautiful red colour. A lovely, expressive nose that is subtle, spicy, complex and delicate with slightly oaky notes and scents of cherry, flowers, pollen, and rose petal that open up to notes of stewed peaches and vineyard peach. Pleasing start to the palate with a well-integrated impression of sucrosity and remarkable fleshiness. The notes that surface during retro-olfaction are spicier: cumin, pepper, and cinnamon. Peppery tannins typical of this vintage round out the tasting experience that ends with nuances of damson plum on the finish.