2009 1er Cru Roncerets Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

Grapes Pinot Noir
Colour Red
Origin France, Burgundy
District Côte d'Or
Sub-district Côte de Beaune
Village Volnay
Classification 1er Cru
ABV 13%
Vineyard Roncerets

This vineyard, named after the 'ronce' or bramble, and on a terrain of broken rock, normally produces a powerfully tannic wine which needs no structural help in the vinication, but in 2009 Nicolas could not resist putting in some of the whole bunches as they were some of the best looking even of this exceptional year. So this has 30% whole bunches, and the result is delightful - very fresh, complex wild black (blueberry, blackberry) fruit and a frame of fine tannins, and this lively, jumping fruit which seems to try to leap through your cheeks, so intense is its concentrated energy.

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This is a wine big on personality as well as structure. Purple, exotic spicy violet aroma and the palate is rich, full with notes of bitter cherry and dark, wild forest fruit. There is plenty of grip and density here. It is sappy, very fresh and slightly salty on the finish. Fine towards very fine. From 2017

Big in personality as well as structure. Exotic aromas of purple fruit and a palate rich and full with notes of bitter cherry and wild forest berries. Plenty of grip and density for Volnay. Sarah Marsh MW

In contrast to the expressiveness of many wines in the range, this is restrained to the point of reticence though aggressive swirling liberating grudging aromas of black fruit, wet stone and lovely floral notes. The dense, powerful and tautly muscular medium-bodied flavors ooze a fine extract that confers a textured and almost chewy mouth feel to the fantastically long and explosive finish. This wonderfully impressive effort is built for the long haul and about the only nit is a subtle touch of warmth that doesn’t detract significantly from the sense of harmony. A real stunner of a Roncerets and highly recommended if you have the requisite patience. 2024+
92 - 95/100

The estate's 2009 Volnay Ronceret is a big, burly wine loaded with dark cherries and blackberries. The hard tannins give the Ronceret an element of austerity that is out of place in this otherwise distinguished set of wines. The Ronceret was made with 35% whole bunches. Tasted from barrel.
87 - 89/100


Nicolas Rossignol is a new superstar in the village of Volnay, making deeply coloured flavourful wines from his own vines and from the fruit of the family vineyard, where the wines were in the past labelled 'Rossignol-Jeanniard'. He has now agreed with his family that he buys all the fruit, and so the wines are now labelled very similarly, either with or without the word 'domaine'. Since these are all vineyards under his sole control thoughout the year, it really does not make any difference which is which. The character of each site shows through all the wines, but perhaps especially in the beautifully balanced Volnays, which incline to a very bright, transparent, incisive style. Sadly 2012, 2013 and now 2014 have all been hit hard by hail, so these wines are getting a bit rare - the volumes have been catastrophically down.
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