Plenty of juicy fruit; rounded. Good tension under the palate. It is
just nicely concentrated; quite compact and finishes on lively red fruit. Score 17.25.
*Volnay 1er cru En Carelle
This is light, fruity and quite refined. Lightly handled.
Pure, soft fruit on this rounded wine which ripples gently across the palate...
to a fresh finish. Score 17.65
Volnay 1er cru Clos de a
Badly hit by hail. 5 barrels of this from 1/2 hectares
so 23hl/ha. Too little. There is a richness here. Supple and succulent. The juicy
fruit has plenty of intensity. It is somewhat battened down. The tannins are fine.
It has energy and intensity. It is well defined and channelled.
Score 18 From
*Volnay 1er cru Taillepieds
3 barrels from 0.5 hectares...tiny production. This is
very compact. So much fruit here; very layered and dense. This is a full and
powerful Volnay for Volnay. Dark quartzy, edgy minerality. It has a certain
severity, but the density of fruit to balance. Excellent potential. Score 18.5. From 2020
1er cru Les Chanlins vieilles vignes
Steep slope 85 year old vines with lots of limestone and
good drainage. September 16th harvest. 12.2 degrees. Pure, red, straight and
decisive aroma. Floral notes. This races across the palate; lucid, tight, racy
and well defined. I like the edges. Very neat. It is strict and tense on the
finish with sharp-edged minerality to the very end. Very good indeed. Score 18.45.
1er cru Grand Epenots
Flat and deep clay soil. Harvested this year on September
14th at 12.2%. Dark and sweet, ripe blackberry aroma. Notes of bitter
chocolate; Very compact. Much more tannin; plenty of tannin, liquorish and
powerful. Lot of muscle, but with a second winter it will smooth out...this has
the concentration of fruit, extract and balance to repay ageing. Score
18.5+. From 2021
Corton Rognet Grand Cru
Plenty of red fruit on the nose. Juicy and full attack.
Saturated fruit; real sweetness here mid
palate. The tannins are smooth and offer support, but are
in no way assertive. (they used 50%
whole bunch for the first time here encouraged by the
stalk ripeness). There is freshness and
spicy lift at the end of the palate...like that floral
lift. Score 18.5. From 2020
*Corton Bressandes Grand Cru
50% whole bunch here as well. Silky, elegant and pure. A
refined textured Corton. It is tight and light and well defined. The tannins
are surprisingly refined. The whole bunch has given a floral and fresh note
here too. A delightful Bressandes. Score
18.75 From 2020
1er cru Les Reversées
A little flat on the aroma, but
it was really warm. Actually on the palate it was much better; it is
rounded, spicy and quite
rich, but has decent acidity under the palate, so it was much fresher than I
expected from the aroma. Score 17.45
1er cru Sous Frétille
Lemony and pure. This has
tension and energy. It races cross the palate and had zesty minerals. This is
just lovely on the finish. Shimmering, lucid tight and pure and even though the
wine was really warm, it had such a singing, fresh finish. Score 17.75/18
Picked on the 21st...whole
bunch pressing. This is more closed at the moment.... it comes back
after the mid palate ...much
more mineral, austere and tense finish...zesty, lean and chilling.
Score 19. From 2022