Aromas of cherry, licorice and nuts. The sweetest and most concentrated of these '96s, with impeccably embedded acids and tannins giving the wine superb balance and texture. This has the thrust the '97s lack. Lovely combination of backbone and flesh. Very strong wine. May well merit an even higher score with bottle aging.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: March/April 1999
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17
Bright ruby. Very like the 1997 to look at except a bit more intense. Still very light nose but again very sweet on the palate. Lots of charm. Really, just like a younger version of the 1997... but without the glorious balance yet. But no aggressive acidity.
Author: Jancis Robinson
Wine Advocate | Rating: 94
I flipped over the Marquis d'Angerville's Volnay Clos Des Ducs. Sporting a medium-to-dark ruby color, this wine offers mouth-watering aromas of cream-covered black cherries and the inviting scents of a deep-dish cherry pie. Powerful and explosive layers of sweet red and black fruits greet the palate in this profound, broad, concentrated, and complex wine. It is slightly more structured, intense, and extracted than Volnay Taillepieds. It will also require more patience.
Author: Pierre Rovani
Wine Spectator | Rating: 87
No holds barred in this traditional red Burgundy. From the spicy oak and leather aromas and sous-bois, tealike flavors to the stiff, tannic structure this shows personality, but needs some time.
Author: Bruce Sanderson
Burghound | Rating: 95
The '96 is a great example of how deceiving light color can be with fine Burgundy as this is not much darker than a typical Beaujolais yet the wine offers penetrating, lively, in fact textbook Clos des Ducs aromas of dried rose petals and sour cherries plus fresh pinot fruit of uncanny, laser-like focus. The purity here is really sensational as there is an intensely tactile impression of stones on the palate and outstanding precision. The wine is quite structured but the structure is subtle, almost hidden as though it were simply a background nuance rather than the framework within which the rest of the components are allowed to express themselves. More obviously acidic than the '97 or '98 yet the '96 remains impeccably balanced with superb finesse and a finely wrought interplay of acid and fruit that continues into the long, silky finish. Quite simply, this is a dazzlingly good young Clos des Ducs. Consistent notes.