2006: Beautiful, very classic vintage with a heatwave in the month of July. Very great year for white wines - these are rich and opulent. Lovely vintage producing delicious red wines that are extremely enjoyables as of now.
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 16 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: 16 months.
Tasted in 2008 (after bottling)
COLOUR: Dark ruby-red
NOSE: Aromas of toast and warm fresh bread with smoky nuances
PALATE: Black fruit (black cherry), spice (nutmeg, pepper) and liquorice
Very beautiful, elegant, bright tannin