Xavier Monnot 2015 Volnay 1er Cru Clos Des Chenes


"Macerated cherry and berry flavors are allied to a dense wall of tannins in this muscular Volnay. Still, the fruit lingers on the finish, leaving a lasting, sweet impression. Best from 2022 through 2033. 400 cases made, 150 cases imported. " Wine Spectator 92 Points

Robert Parker (90-92) Points: "The 2015 Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Chênes has a sensual and pure bouquet with black cherries, blueberry and violets aromas, well defined and seeming to "billow" from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin and crisp acidity, good structure here with a grippy, almost Pommard-like on the slightly savory finish. There is certainly good potential here, pipping the 2014 in terms of quality.

Xavier Monnot's winery, nestled just behind the main picturesque square in Meursault village, now has a newly built tasting room where I tasted through his 2015s. Some crus were already in bottle and the remainder will be imprisoned in glass in early January. This year there is no Chassagne-Montrachet as the vineyard was pulled up and plans to replant his other vineyards piecemeal over the next few years. He told me that after the dry latter part of the season, the 5mm of rain just prior to picking was crucial to "restart" the vines. He began picking on 2 September and found that there was a lot of dry extract in the whites, practicing just a light débourbage, less than he used to do regularly. The domaine is known for its whites and certainly the Chassagne-Montrachet Village and Puligny Folatières testified to the fact that contrary to opinion, you could obtain good levels of acidity. One or two other whites did feel a little "smudged" on the finish but at least felt clean and pure. No, it was actually the reds that impressed the most, in particular the Volnay Clos des Chênes and Beaune Cent-Vignes that offer layers of juicy sweet black fruit, so plump that they are almost like guilty pleasures! The use of new oak, one-third for the premier crus, allowed their personalities to come through even at this prenatal stage – a wise choice when I think others might have applied excessive new oak. I can imagine these being very pleasurable in their youth, whilst with a propensity to age well in bottle. NB: Readers should note that they are marketed under the “Rene Monnier” label outside the United States."

Collections: France, French - Burgundy, Wine

Type: WINE

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