2011 1er Cru Roncerets Domaine Nicolas Rossignol
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Another of the bigger Volnays - what Nicolas calls his 'winter wines'. But very different in style and flavour profile to the Santenots. Densely-packed wild berry fruit and mineral strictness. Rocky and concentrated. Super-pure. Love this. L&S (Dec 2012)
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This is almost as aromatically elegant with pure essence of raspberry and cherry liqueur aromas that evidence background hints of wet stone and spice. There is good volume and excellent punch to the round and supple medium weight flavors that possess a dusty mouth feel before culminating in a relatively powerful and impeccably well-balanced finish. This doesn’t have the same overall class as the Caillerets but there is actually more here. Worth a search to find. 2021+ Rating: 93 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Apr 2013)
Good bright medium red. Dark fruit aromas of blueberry and blackberry convey a menthol austerity. Tightly wound and unforthcoming, showing a lightly saline character but limited mid-palate complexity today. The strict finish features powerful, tongue-dusting tannins. This is really dominated by its structure. Incidentally, Rossignol purchased these 25-year-old vines in 2012 Rating: 90-92 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Feb 2013)
Arguably the most masculine wine in the Rossignol portfolio, with lots of oak, ripe blackberry fruit, sinewy tannins and lots of texture and grip. The wine needs time to come together in bottle. 2017-23 Rating: 94 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (Jan 2013)
Usually all destemmed but in 2011 they did 15% whole bunch. ‘My baby. A cru I love.’ 1.5 ha in total, under Champans, vines only 25 years but great personality. Very intense – nose almost of curry as well as all that lovely ripe fruit. Actually it's quite severe. Chewy and ambitious. Definitely needs time. 2020-2032 Rating: 17 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 2013)
Exotic perfumed and spicy aroma. Dark and sweet and taut; very exact on the palate. There is bunched vigour and slatey graphite minerality here. I like the pounce on the finish. Wilder character, not charming. A wine which really attacks the palate, not typical Volnay at all. Poor soil and then onto the rock. In ageing you see the freshness. Fine++ (He is now drinking 2002 and says it typically needs 10 years) Rating: 18.5 Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing (Nov 2012)
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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