Weekly Wine Feature 10/3

Joseph Voillot Volnay 1er Cru “Les Fremiets” 2011

Jean-Pierre came up steeped in Burgundian culture when he took over for Joseph Voillot, he moved the domain to sustainable farming. In the cellar, he did away with fermenting with a percentage of stems because he liked the essence of fruit. Jean-Pierre has also shied more and more away from new oak, moving from around 30% new barrels for the premier crus to today using 10-20%. He lowered the sulfur additions. These are considered “insiders” Burgundies by those in the know.

This wine is from 1.5 acres whose pinot noir vines date from 1932, 1950, and 1978. This parcel is up slope, and the wine is very calcaire (reminiscent of limestone, calcaire is French for limestone). You definitely taste the stone over the top of the red fruits and earth in this elegant, intensely perfumed wine. The 2011s are showing very well right now with the perfume coming to the front and the tannins receding. Is there anything better than a red Burgundy and roast chicken?

Regular price: $137
Discounted price: $89