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Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: Issue 30
A distinctly floral, pure and seductive nose of exuberant red pinot fruit introduces rich, classy and gorgeously balanced middle weight flavors that possess real vibrancy and drive on the long and impeccably balanced finish. This is a striking, powerful and driving wine that will drink well early for its fruit but age too.
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International Wine Cellar
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 137
Bright ruby-red. Complex nose combines dark raspberry, spices, leather and menthol. Juicy but less supple than the village wine; more imploded today but boasts terrific energy and life for a wine with such sweetness. Very different in style from the fleshy, lower-pitched village wine. But this is plenty tactile and has superb fruit. Finishes with brisk acidity and excellent juicy length. I love the sappiness on display here, but this will need time in bottle.
Author: David Schildknecht
The 2005 Volnay Clos des Chenes was bottled the day I visited, however I tasted the pre-bottled assemblage. Black cherry and red currant fruit are tinged with ginger and coffee grounds. This exhibits a vintage-typical clarity, sap and freshness yet also a flattering creaminess of texture. Cool, fresh fruit character, subtle suggestions of fungus and flowers, and faintly sizzling spiciness inform a long, refined, and refreshing yet soothing finish. Lafon says he went easy on extraction this year precisely to showcase the sort of vividly fresh fruit that is on exhibit here.
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