Double decant about an hour before leaving for the restaurant last night. Based on a previous bottle I knew it needed a little air to open up and it also had a bit of sediment. This wine is in a good place right now. Cherries, flowers and a bit of earth and spice on the nose. Doesn’t seem very advanced at all. Medium+ body with mostly cherries and strawberries but with a bit of dark fruit on the finish. Good acidity and well polished tannins. I have one more bottle and one could certainly hold it for several more years to see where it goes. I think it will last for quite a while, but probably won’t get any better for my palate so I’ll probably drink it this year. Terrific wine with dinner, chicken liver pate starter, then roast chicken with cherry peppers, cherry tomatoes and italian sausage.
FWIW, I’ve enjoyed the Ampeau '93 Volnay Santenots many times. Not the most charming…but masculine and pleasing to drink and complement with food…Always showed decently…except the bottle that was corked. A couple left for “later”.
I am ultra sensitive to TCA and now 9 bottles down in a case of 12 of the Volnay-Santenots, but no corked one as yet. I have also not heard from others who bought this wine locally. Might it be US problem?
The case was bought at the domaine in the early part of the century.