Peter Maude Fine Wines

2017, Domaine Blain-Gagnard, VOLNAY, 1er Cru, 'Pitures'

$80
Grown on marl which provides good structure. Mid purple, the nose is quite firm for Volnay. Tight at the back but there is good cherry fruit too and some persistence. *** 89/100 Jasper Morris, MW.

Here too the nose is cool, elegant, airy and high-toned with its pretty array of red cherry, spice and rose petal-suffused aromas. The intense and well-detailed bigger-bodied flavours possess a lovely sense of underlying tension before culminating in a stony, youthfully austere and balanced finale. Like the Pommard villages, this is not particularly concentrated yet the overall sense of harmony makes this quite attractive. 90-92/100 Burghound.

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