2018 Domaine Jean-Marc et Thomas Bouley Volnay Clos des Chênes 1er Cru (750ml)

2018 Domaine Jean-Marc et Thomas Bouley Volnay Clos des Chênes 1er Cru (750ml)

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"Thomas Bouley numbers among Volnay's ablest viticulturists and winemakers, and this 8.5-hectare domaine numbers among the Côte de Beaune's finest. The rudiments of his approach in the cuverie and cellar are simple: for his terroirs that are richer in clay, Bouley retains significant proportions of stems, whereas stonier sites are largely or entirely destemmed. Macerations are comparatively long, with temperature control only when deemed necessary. In the cellar, the influence of new oak is minimal, and the wines see two winters on the fine lees. The 2018s are full of promise: richer, says Bouley, than his 2009s but without such overt sucrosity of fruit; he finds them—and I agree—clearly differentiated by site and gaining in precision with élevage." - William Kelley (Wine Advocate)

"The 2018 Volnay Clos des Chênes 1er Cru comes from 45- to 65-year-old vines in a more exposed location than the Les Carelles, at 300m altitude. This year it includes 40% whole cluster. It has more complexity and precision on the nose by comparison with the Les Carelles, featuring lovely raspberry and wild strawberry fruit laced with crushed stone aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins. A finely tuned, precise Volnay with superb precision on the finish. This comes highly recommended. 92-94 points" - Neal Martin (Vinous, October 2019)