2008 1er Cru Chevrets Domaine Nicolas Rossignol
|Sub-district||Côte de Beaune|
Fabulous juicy velvet texture, deep colour, ripe with black fruit aromas, still given drive by good acidity. Old vines give a very similar result each year, and as happened in 2007, the wind dried and concentrated the grapes just before the harvest. L&S (Dec 2009)
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Taut and stony on the nose, which is a little disjointed at the moment but should meld together with time. Good definition, some damp moss aromas developing with further aeration. The palate is clean and crisp, gritty tannins, nice and edgy with a persuasive, refined finish. Good length. Drink now-2016. Rating: 89-90 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Feb 2010)
Restrained but dark, deep aromatics. This has a very fine entry which evolves into a finely layered, dense texture on the palate. The fruit is very pure, but very dark and dense. The length is long and elegantly succulent. Particularly good to fine. From 2015. Rating: 17.5 Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing (Jan 2010)
The silky middle weight flavors display very fine tannins that add to the impression of this being a classic Volnay of elegance and finesse. Lovely juice that is an exercise in harmony. Drinking range: 2015 - Rating: 89-92 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Apr 2009)
Domaine Nicolas Rossignol
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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