TN: A Very Young 2000 Volnay 1er Cru

Jean Boillot 2000 Volnay 1er Cru "Les Caillerets"

Having recently tasted a 1997 Volnay 1er Cru “Les Chevrets” from this producer, and having found the wine still somewhat tannic and tight but with loads of underlying good fruit, I thought it would be interesting to open this bottle for comparative purposes.

Popped and poured into Riedel stemless red Burgundy glasses, the nose on this wine delivered a knock-out punch, especially with a bit of aeration in the glass. Wow! With loads of red and dark cherry fruit, other red fruits, sous bois, and earthy minerals, it delivered a series of complex and ever-changing aromas, my sign for a good red Burgundy wine. Well balanced with smooth tannins, as this wine opened up it revealed layers and layers of a rich fruit core with developing secondary and tertiary flavors, and a nice, long finish. While currently more approachable than the 1997 I recently tasted, this wine is still young with many years ahead in its life. A pleasure now, but I plan on aging the remaining bottles before tasting again.


Addendum: I was surprised by how RICH this wine was for an “off-vintage” year.

Sounds deelish, Alex - as you’ve probably heard me observe in the past, if I had to pick one appellation where I always seem to wish I had more wine than I do, it would be Volnay.

BTW, I don’t know if you saw my TN last week (by now it’s probably back on page three or four [wink.gif] ), but I pulled a cork on an '02 Henri Boillot Meurseault Les Charmes that I must have gotten from you - very nice!!