Domaine de Montille Volnay 1er Cru Champans 2005 (Cellar)

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Burghound, 92 Points- Brilliant ruby. An expressive, elegant and high-toned red pinot fruit nose nuanced by earth and mineral hints merges into detailed, firm and equally mineral suffused middle weight flavors that have the classic Champans reserve and touch of finishing austerity. This will require time as the tannins are fine but dense with a dusty and mouth coating quality. Lovely juice but for the patient. (2007)

Volnay Premier Cru Les Champans is the perfect illustration of Alix and Etienne's talents. Les Champans is one of Volnay's largest terroirs. The Montille family owns plots all over this great hillside. The soil features greater concentrations of limestone on the heights, and is preponderantly clayey with a red tint lower down. The exposure is superb, producing a balanced wine with a ripe red fruit (strawberry) mixed with the noble vegetal aromas common to the entire harvest. The "typically Volnay" mouth is velvety and round. A wine ready for drinking after 5-15 years' aging.