2013 Domaine Nicolas Rossignol
|Sub-district||Côte de Beaune|
A really good village cuvée, into which went all the remaining fruit from 1er cru Taillepieds. Round and appetising with a nice freshness. Drinking range: 2015 - 2020 L&S (Nov 2014)
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(as was the case in 2012, in 2013 this includes the Taillepieds). A discreet but pretty and layered nose presents aromas of red currant, earth and a hint of rose petal. The ultra-fresh and cool middle weight flavors possess fine mid-palate concentration as there is an abundance of dry extract buffering the robust, rustic and moderately austere finale. This will need a few years for the tannins to soften so that the mouth feel becomes a bit more civilized. 2019+ Rating: 87 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Apr 2015)
(includes the Taillepieds in 2013): Reduced, leathery nose. Good density to the flavors of cherry, red berries, spices and leather. Finishes with slightly dry-edged tannins, a saline quality and good length. Not squeaky-clean but has good stuffing. Drinking range: 2017 - 2022 Rating: 87-89 Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com (Jan 2015)
The 2013 Volnay Village includes the Taillepieds this year as the production was so small. It has a floral nose that needs to find a little more focus and harmony. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins, broody dark berry fruit and a tapered finish. “Pas mal” as they say. Drinking range: 2015 - 2028 Rating: 86-88 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Dec 2014)
Sweet, full and fleshy and then it becomes rather grippy. The tannin are somewhat herbacious. It makes a sappy balance with the fleshy fruit. Different vineyards. The clay and on the finish fresh with the limestone at the top. Quite a lot of bite at the end. Spicy and stoney. Rating: 15 Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing (Nov 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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