2002 is a very pure, well-focused vintage. The grapes were beautifully ripe and healthy, without a trace of rot. Jus how great this vintages is, of course, depends on the terroir. However the wines are showing very well, with plenty of fruit, considerable delicacy and beautifully ripe tannin.
The Pinot Noir varietal character comes through very well, with impressive finesse and refinement. The bywords for the 2002 vintage are fruit and elegance, and the wines will keep very well - at least until 2012.
Grape variety: 100% Pinot Noir on a 0.35 hectare plot
The wine of Volnay are famous for their great finesse. The name of the climat "Les Champans" is derived the fact that this plot is fairly steep - which means good sun exposure and thus good ripening.
The soil has more clay than limestone, and produces firm wines with silky tannin.
The grapes were handpicked into small crates, then sorted and totally destemmed. The wine stayed on the skins for 15 days in temperature-controlled open oak vats. Pigeage (punching down the cap) was done twice a day during alcoholic fermentation.
100% malolactic fermentation
100% ageing in oak barrels
Duration of ageing: 18 months.
Tasted in 2003
COLOUR: Very beautiful ruby-red with purplish highlights
NOSE: Smoky, toasty ans spicy (pepper, nutmeg) aromas
PALATE: fruity, menthol, spicy flavours. Subtle, silky tannin