Seduced by Volnay


Volnay is a village in the Cote de Beaune sub-region of Burgundy, renowned for making some of the smoothest, most delicate red wines of the southern Cote d'Or. Located between Pommard (famous for its powerful reds) and Meursault (the home of rich whites), Volnay is fortunate to have a winning USP to distinguish it from its more-prestigious neighbours. In general the wines from Volnay are lighter, more elegant and graceful than most other red Burgundies.

Over the centuries, the wines of Pommard and Volnay have alternately shared popularity, according to the fashions of the age. When powerful, full-bodied wines are in favour (as in the current global market), Pommard enjoys the limelight. But when silkier, smoother wines are in demand (mainly during the summer), Volnay takes centre stage. The appellation's wines are often referred to as being the most 'feminine' of Burgundian reds with prevalent aromas of violet, gooseberry, cherry and spices, game nuances and cooked prunes.

Volnay can deliver an irresistible hit in its flush of youth, giving pleasure and offering more sensual, fruit-driven, softer, rounder Pinot Noir. Maybe it doesn't possess the breeding of Vosne or the complexity of Gevrey, but your viewpoint will depend on whether you seek to be impressed by Burgundy Cote de Nuits or seduced by the sensuality of Volnay.

Santenots, Clos de Ducs, Les Caillerets and Clos de Chenes are the most famous Premier Cru climats of the Volnay appellation in the Cote de Baune.

D-Wine Advice

Coq au Vin is the perfect match for Volnay, but you can also try Chicken, Turkey, Duck, Goose and Game Birds .

Top Five Volnay at D-Wine

Volnay PC Santenots Jacques Prieur
Volnay PC Caillerets Michel Lafargue
Volnay PC En Chevrets Henri Boillots
Volnay PC Santenots Pierre Morey
Volnay Dominique Lafon

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