Fontaine-Gagnard Volnay Clos des Chenes 1er Cru
|Bottle sizes:||750 ML|
|Vineyard:||Vines average 50 years old|
|Vinification:||Traditional fermentation in barrel|
|Aging:||18 months in barrel (30% new)|
The 2015 Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Chênes has a perfumed, floral, expressive bouquet with red cherries, wild strawberry and briary - more backward compared to the red Chassagnes from the domaine. The palate is medium-bodied with gentle tannin, quite masculine and Pommard-like towards the finish that just needs to develop a little more substance. There is still fine potential here.
This is both more aromatically elegant and more complex with its refined aromas of extract of red currant, violet, plum and soft spice hints. There is good volume to the mineral-laden, intense and relatively powerful flavors that possess fine focus on the slightly edgy finish that still manages to deliver solid length. While this may very well come together in time my sense is that it will probably always have a hint of dryness that will detract ever-so-slightly from the overall sense of balance.