The Volnay 1er Cru Champans has a very charming, very pure and seductive bouquet with copious blackberry, raspberry preserve and limestone scents. With a few swirls of the glass it become floral and even more enticing. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin. it not as generous as the bouquet at the moment, but there is purity and verve here, very sophisticated and showing immense precision on the finish. I can imagine this being backward for 3-5 years after bottling, so be prepared to cellar this and reap the rewards later.
This is the first wine to exhibit enough oak to warrant mentioning though it’s not so much to dominate the spicy and earth black cherry liqueur-like aromas.
The sleek middle weight plus flavors are given shape by the fine but dense tannins that carry over to the impressively persistent finish that is exquisitely wellbalanced. This is an exercise in harmony and grace that should be approachable after 6 to 8 years if desired