1.5 acres whose vines date from 1932, 1950, and 1978. One of those 1932 vines can just be seen arcing downward—it's one of a handful of very traditional "mother" vines among this group of old vines, directed downward into the ground to take root before continuing along the trellis. This parcel is up slope, and the wine is very calcaire, or limestony—you taste the stone in this elegant, intensely perfumed wine. It's Voillot's most quintessential Volnay, yet paradoxically the vineyard borders the Pommard AC.
Etienne on 2019: “A very small vintage – about 60% of a normal year – but following two good ones so there are no complaints here. The growth also started early but then we had a cold period in the spring – we worried about frost and I think we were touched a little in Epenots – but anecdotally versus 2016. The Flowering was the biggest problem – there was a lot of rain during this time – not bad for the Bourgognes but worse for the 1ers. Not a catastrophe as there was plenty of space for the growing grapes. We had two periods of heat/dryness the first didn’t affect the vines the second did show some effect from the dryness. We harvested from 13 September. ”
I missed the 2018s. And was disappointed by the 2017s – at least my timing of the tasting, perhaps – but the 2019s are really singing. Just absolutely delicious and complex wines – so many that are worth your (and my) time.
2019 Volnay 1er Cru Fremiets
A deeper nose, no perfume(!) growing clarity of fruit in the middle. Wow – that’s wide, gorgeously flavoured – openly structured wine. Captivating wine.