2008- a miracle vintage!
The winter of 2007-2008 was relatively mild, dry, and sunny. Spring and summer 2008 were exceptionally cool and rainy.
Further to these weather conditions, bud break was quick, but later than usual, and flowering was spread out over the entire month of June. The grapes ripened very slowly during the month of August. It was necessary to be very demanding and meticulous during all vineyard operations.
Thanks to beautiful cool, dry, sunny weather, the grapes ripened very well all the end of the growing season. The north wind and luminosity were two major factors here. The grapes were carefully sorted in the vineyard at harvest time, which began on the 25th of September.
The quality of the 2008 red wines and the very small crop called for severe sorting (both in the vineyard and on a sorting table in the cellar) and for fermentation that respected the balance of Pinot Noir: wine that is fresh with crunchy fruit and a vibrant, thirst-quenching, pleasurable flavour that is the hallmark of 2008 red Burgundy.
As for the white wines, they feature outstanding richness and powerful aromatics, as well as magnificent balance, which was completely unexpected.
Grape variety: 100% Pinot Noir on a 0.35 hectare plot
The wines 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 19 days in temperature-controlled open oak vats. Pigeage (punching down the cap) was done twice a day during alcoholic fermentation.
100% malolactic fermentation
Entirely aged in oak barrels
Duration of barrel ageing: 15 months
Tasted in April 2010
COLOUR: Luminous ruby-red.
NOSE: Warm overtones of black fruit (black cherry), bread crust, and sweeet spices (vanilla).
PALATE: Tight structure with hints of spice and liquorice. Fresh, crunchy fruit. Elegant fresh tannin. Mouthwatering finish.