Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Volnay 1er Cru 'Champans is made from 3.98 hectares in the Champans climat, located just north of the Caillerets. Two parallel plots constitute their part of the appellation (11 hectares in total). They extend from top to bottom of the Champans and hillside climate, thus taking advantage of all the characteristics of this remarkable south-east facing terroir, located in the center of the Volnay Premiers Crus. The soil is poorer and sits on a rocky limestone bench at the top of the hill as the slope tapers down and it becomes more clayey, stony and deeper.
Winemaking for all of the domaine’s premier cru wines is the same. The grapes are de-stemmed and macerated on the skins for 8 to 10 days with regular pumping-over (but no punch downs). The wines are aged in approximately 25% new oak.
"There is a whiff of exotic spice sitting atop the ripe aromas of black raspberry coulis, violet, orange peel and Asian-style tea. The caressing but solidly energetic middle weight plus flavors manage to be at once elegant yet powerful before culminating in an equally austere, compact and beautifully well-balanced finale. This beauty of a Champans is also going to need at least 7 to 8 years of patience and should be more than capable of rewarding 12 to 15. *Burghound Sweet Spot Outstanding!" - 93-95 points, Burghound
"Aromas of red berries, orange rind, raw cocoa, warm spices and forest floor preface the 2020 Volnay 1er Cru Champans, a medium to full-bodied, rich and structured wine that's firmer and more muscular than the Taillepieds this year. This is one cuvée that is a touch more structured than its 2019 counterpart, and it will require a bit of patience. "We chose balance over so-called phenolic maturity," Guillaume d'Angerville declared as we began our tasting of his 2020s; and the vintage that on paper was the most extreme of the 2020-2019-2018 trio has in fact delivered the most fine-boned, pretty wines of them all. Perfumed, vibrant and beautifully balanced, this is a compellingly delicate, precise portfolio that comes warmly recommended." - 92-94 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The 2020 Volnay Les Champans 1er Cru certainly has the most opulent bouquet amongst d’Angerville’s ‘20s with exuberant black cherries, raspberry coulis, hints of fresh fig and black truffle. The palate is medium-bodied with quasi-chalky tannins, taut and fresh, quite saline and poised with a harmonious finish not dissimilar to the Taillepieds. Satisfying persistence here, but in keeping with d'Angerville's other Volnays, it is quite serious in personality and this will oblige cellaring. Quite regal." - 93-95 points, Antonio Galloni Vinous
Producer: Domaine Marquis d'Angerville
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Appellation: Volnay 1er Cru
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