2012 1er Cru Santenots Domaine Nicolas Rossignol
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Big and sweet and silky. Lots of body, a fleshy richness. 'Animal', spicy, an extra wild touch. Not just fruit - there is so much more going on, nor is it fine and precise - it is rich and round and powerfully long, arguably slightly rustic when compared to a Caillerets, for example, but always with this generous complexity. L&S (Dec 2013)
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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.
(13.4% natural alcohol, cropped at 20 hectoliters per hectare; 100% destemmed): Medium red; less saturated than the Chevret. Very ripe but aromatic on the nose, with plum and chocolate scents lifted by a hint of flowers. Silky and suave for such a ripe, concentrated wine, with red berry, black cherry, spice and earth flavors showing surprising inner-mouth lift. Very densely packed but more accessible today than the Chevret and a bit lighter on its feet. Really echoes on the long, mineral-tinged finish. Drinking range: 2021 - 2033 Rating: 93 Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com (Mar 2015)
There is outstanding intensity to the big-bodied and overtly powerful flavors that brim with mouth coating dry extract that also serves to buffer the very firm tannins on the very ripe but not heavy finish. This is a very impressively scaled Santenots that once again I would advise against buying without the express intention of cellaring it for the long-term. 2027+ Rating: 90-93 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Apr 2014)
Good dark red. Very ripe aromas of cherry, mocha, chocolate and menthol. At once plush and delicate, with a subtle, high-pitched floral character and a rocky element lifting the raspberry and chocolate flavors. With its sound acidity and inner-mouth perfume, this should gain in complexity with bottle age. Not a particularly huge example of Santenots, which is routinely high in grape sugars. Rossignol owns 2.1 hectares in Santenots; he vinifies the two "extremes" separately and then combines them to make a single wine Rating: 91-93 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Jan 2014)
The 2012 Volnay 1er Cru Santenots comes from the lower part of the climat and is totally de-stemmed. It seems to have a higher proportion of red fruit than the Ronceret with a more conspicuous floral component. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy ripe tannins. Again, there is more red, earthy fruit here than Ronceret with a long, tightly wound, laconic finish that will come out of its shell once in bottle Rating: 90-92 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Jan 2014)
Nicolas is quite happy with Santenots as he getting more and more of the harvest. He will get everything ‘13. He has 3 vats; 2 hectares and will make the three different terroirs he has within Santenots separately. “The soil and rock are not the same as the rest of volnay.” He has one part with more elegance; one sweeter and one for strength. “more gamey; I have no stones as can be found in the milieu part so this is naturally a little more ‘rough’ not the sweetness of the milieu.” It has a rich and sumptuous aroma on the nose. Full and juicy at the front; a large, full-bodied, rounded palate with plenty of volume and generosity. Rather muscular; quite punchy tannins, not quite in the luscious velvet tannins. It has flesh about a more robust dark core. A powerful finish. From 2018/19. Rating: 18 Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing (Dec 2013)
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