2010 Volnay "Clos de la Chapelle" (Monopole)
The Clos de la Chapelle lies right next door to the Clos de la Bousse d'Or in the center of Volnay. At one point it was part of the Clos de la Bousse d'Or, but sometime back in the eighteenth or early nineteenth centuries, the wall that separates it from the Clos de la Bousse d'Or was built, and it was already a separate vineyard by the time Louis Boillot purchased it in 1865. The 2010 is an absolutely stunning young bottle of Volnay, offering up a deep and classy nose of cherries, red plums, a touch of raw cocoa, vine-smoke, fresh herbs, a beautiful base of soil, a lovely touch of fresh nutmeg and a deft framing of vanillin oak.
On the palate the wine is deep, pure and full-bodied, with beautiful transparency, bright, tangy acids, a sappy core of fruit, superb focus and balance and a very long, soil-driven and utterly refined finish that closes with superb grip and outstanding complexity. This is a magical first vintage for the domaine's flagship wine and this is obviously going to be one of the top premier crus in the commune in the coming years. Do not miss this wine if you have a chance to latch onto a few bottles. Stunning juice. 2020-2060. 94 points
2010 Volnay "Carelle Sous la Chapelle"
The 2010 Carelle Sous la Chapelle from Domaine Clos de la Chapelle is excellent, as it offers up a very pretty and soil-driven nose of cherries, pomegranate, woodsmoke, a touch of fresh herbs, a deft framing of cedary wood and a beautiful base of complex soil tones.
On the palate the wine is deep, medium-full and intensely flavored, with lovely purity and brightness, a sappy core of fruit, moderate tannins and outstanding length and grip on the transparent and still quite primary finish. I love the intensity of flavor here, without any undue weight. This is a premier cru that I do not get to taste with any regularity, but it is quite clear from this beautiful wine that this is an important terroir in the village. Classic Volnay! 2020-2050+ 92 points.
2010 Pommard "Chanlins" Vieilles Vignes
The eighty-plus year-old vines in Chanlins have turned out a superb example of the vintage in 2010, offering up a deep and lovely bouquet of red plums, cherries, woodsmoke, fresh herbs, a fine base of soil and a nice touch of cedary oak.
On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and youthful, with a fine core of fruit, beautiful transparency, tangy acids and outstanding focus and grip on the very long, firm and ripely tannic finish. This is a classic example of a 2010 Pommard, with the inherent elegance of the vintage beautifully woven into the more structured style of a young Pommard. I love the terroir of Chanlins and the Domaine Clos de la Chapelle's version looks likely to become one of the referenced point examples of this great vineyard in the years to come.
Fine, fine juice. 2020-2060. 93 points.