Good red-ruby. Blacker fruits on the nose, along with minerals, smoke, chocolate and game. Silky, fine-grained and complex, with a compelling sweetness of fruit leavened by excellent vinosity. A shapely, delineated wine with a terrific core of fruit. Finishes with a suggestion of crystallized fruit but also terrific energy. This is harmonious from the outset, like the Chevrets. Perhaps not coincidentally, these two wines finished their alcoholic fermentations in barrel in March, which clearly has given them more roundness and nuance. Boillot noted that these wines had 10 or 12 grams of residual sugar when they went into wood. Under normal conditions, this would have been dangerous, but the 2002 juice had the acid structure to forestall high volatile acidity. |We would not have been able to do this with the 2003s; the VA would have been 0.8 by Christmas,| noted Boillot.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: March/April 2005
Standing head and shoulders above Boillot's other 2002s, the Volnay Caillerets is a majestic, concentrated wine of awesome depth. Its profound aromatic profile reveals notes of blackberries, spices, black cherries, and sweet oak. It is broad, ample, and medium to full-bodied, basting the taster's palate with velvety layers of candied cherries and jammy blackberries. This plush, fleshy, seamless effort exhibits sublime ripeness in its sweet, melted tannin, visible in its prolonged finish. Wow!
Author: Pierre Rovani
As it almost always is, this is the class of the cellar today with stunningly complex aromas of red and black fruit, earth, intense minerality and a lovely note of anise merging into serious, moderately backward flavors that are perhaps the most structured of any wine here. There is again a strong emphasis on being fruit forward and the style resembles that of the Fr‚miets as it's clearly more new world in style than the Chevret. Very stylish but just be aware that this may not appeal to those who prefer more classically oriented wines.