A super set of wines:
2012 Volnay 1er En Carelle
Or if you prefer, En Carelle Sous la Chapelle!
Quite a deep, medium-plus colour. The nose offers high-tones mixed with a little spice and something that reminds me of dried cranberries - lovely. There's a fine sweetness of fruit in the mouth, and real 1er Cru dimension of flavour with an added floral impression. Lovely finish too. Very fine!
2012 Volnay 1er Clos de la Chapelle
Normal production would be 8 barrels of wine; this vintage it's 1.5 - so 66.67% new oak!
Medium-plus colour. The nose is finer and more elegant versus the 'Carelle." In the mouth, the impression is more lithe, narrow and mineral - rather intense too, with high-toned fruit. It's a little like a Caillerets. There's a really good reprise of flavour in the finsh too. Yum!
2012 Beaune 1er Teurons
Another low yield; normally 4 barrels, here just 2.
Medium, medium-plus colour. There's a faint reduction and slightly shy fruit. The flavour is wide and round, and there's a slight 'drag' from the tannin. Lots of flavour interest here, concentrated dark-red fruit. Really good expansion of flavour in the mid-palate - it almost 'pops'!
2012 Pommard 1er Chanlins
Only one barrel.
Medium-plus colour. Beautiful, dark, almost blue fruit. The palate here, is much wider than that of the Beaune, but maybe less deep. Overall I find a lovely character here. There's a slowly growing extra-dimension of flavour in the mid-palate that lasts really well in the finish.