1983 Bitouzet-Prieur Volnay 'Clos des Chênes'

Last night’s meal was enjoyed with a 1983 Volnay ‘Clos des Chênes’ from Bitouzet-Prieur - fill a little over a cm below the cork; initial color on pouring (30 min before serving dinner) was a distinct orange garnet, which almost immediately darkened to a good garnet color; complex secondary and tertiary developments in red and black fruit nose and flavors; a certain earthiness in the mid-palate, which had the same full-bodied complex developed fruit and adequate acidity; and a long slightly dusty developed fruit finish. It was an enjoyable, fully developed red Burgundy. This was one of the 1983 Burgundies that some from our SoCal tasting group bought after research into which makers did not have the rot problem that affected so many 1983s.

Great note Dick. I’ve only had the modern versions of this which I really love but it’s nice to see what some age can do.


Sounds like a nice wine. I would love to see your cellar and all the great treasures in it…