2012 Domaine Nicolas Rossignol
|Sub-district||Côte de Beaune|
Nico usually makes fifteen barrels of this cuvee, this year it's a mere six. Mid-malo when we tasted, so to be seen again. L&S (Dec 2013)
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(in 2012 this includes the Taillepieds). An expressive and attractively layered nose features notes of plum, violet, black cherry and subtle wet stone nuances. This is also quite concentrated and powerful with plenty of mineral influence adding lift to the muscular middle weight flavors that deliver excellent length. This is an unusually big villages and while the abundant dry extract does a good job of buffering the firm tannins it still will need ample cellaring. 2020+ Rating: 89-92 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Apr 2014)
(this represents an assemblage of high and low sites in 2012, including Taillepieds and the hailed-on portion of Santenots; 100% destemmed; finished its malo late, in September): Saturated dark red. Crushed black fruits, licorice and a whiff of leather on the nose. Densely packed but light on its feet. Juicy and extremely unevolved, but already conveys excellent energy. This will get a late bottling, notes Rossignol Rating: 88-91 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Jan 2014)
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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