2015 1er Cru Clos des Angles Domaine Nicolas Rossignol
|Sub-district||Côte de Beaune|
|Vineyard||Clos des Angles|
50% whole bunch. Sweet and forward as suaul, round and caressing, but this is still a 2015, which means it's a big wine, which manages to be a very elegant and pretty Volnay. Drinking range: 2020 - L&S (Nov 2016)
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Super fragrant nose, bursting with floral character - jasmine, rose, violet. Plenty of ripe, sleek raspberry fruit too. Much firmer than their Beaune Réversées premier cru, and more concentrated core fruit too. Drinking range: 2020 - 2040 Rating: 17 Richard Hemming - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 2017)
The 2015 Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Angles includes 50% whole cluster in order to bring energy to the wine, according to Nicolas Rossigol. It has a perfumed and floral bouquet with violet petals infusing the black cherry and cassis fruit, an undertow of mineralité tucked underneath. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin. It feels quite solid, almost opaque towards the saturnine finish, albeit with a pleasant chalky aftertaste. Afford this 2-3 years in bottle, so that it can reveal its secrets—presuming it has any—and if not, just drink it. Drinking range: 2020 - 2035 Rating: 89-91 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Dec 2016)
50% whole clusters. Deep red cherry aroma. Showing quite a lot of spice on the nose. Rich, dark and juicy on the strike. The whole clusters give it more tannins structure and energy. There is a plummy softness to the sweet fruit, but a more minty, appetising finish. 50% whole cluster; “Without the whole cluster it will be very soft caresses. The whole bunch gives it gives that wake up at the end” Rating: 85 Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing (Dec 2016)
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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