Domaine Marquis d'Angerville - Volnay Fremiet 1er Cru - red - 2017 - 750 ml
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WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING
“The 2017s show great vitality and concentration, yet they are airy, almost ethereal in the mouth. The tannins are fine and well-integrated, providing structure and clear direction. There is brightness and succulence in this vintage, and unusual approachability at such an early stage.” Guillaume d’Angerville
‘’A pretty The 2017 Volnay 1er Cru Fremiets offers up aromas of plums, cassis, wood smoke, dark chocolate and rich soil tones, followed by a medium to full-bodied, chalk and structured palate that's firmer and more muscular than the supple, giving Clos des Angles. The soils here are thinner and the wine inherently less gourmand, but it will reward the patient with lovely purity and transparency.’’ William Kelley, Wine Advocate
There is just one foot of soil over the rock here, perhaps accounting for this wine’s intensely mineral nature. Bordering Pommard, Frémiets sits above Clos des Angles – mid-slope – where there is greater potential for complexity. More guarded on the nose and indeed sparser on the palate, yet tasting this is like communing directly with the soil. This is all about the texture – finely fragmented, with a salty tang on the finish. Can we call this a cerebral wine? Excellent ageing potential too.
Domaine Marquis d’Angerville forms part of the very fabric of Volnay. The Clos des Ducs, one of the village’s prime vineyards, lies directly behind the family home of the current Marquis, Guillaume d’Angerville.
The domaine, once part-owned by the Dukes of Burgundy, consists of 14 hectares of vines. The vast majority of this – 12.5 hectares – is premier cru, representing over 10% of the total premier cru plantings in Volnay. Guillaume d’Angerville left the world of finance in Paris to take charge of the domaine upon the death of his father, Jacques, in 2003. The domaine has been in the family for over two centuries, having been acquired in 1805. Guillaume has been supported since 2003 by his brotherin-law, Renaud de Villette, who had worked with Jacques for many years. François Duvivier is the domaine’s régisseur (manager), overseeing both the vineyards and the cellar. The Marquis d’Angerville Pinot Noir clones are unique, producing particularly small grapes, meaning a high ‘skin to juice ratio’ and so a high level of natural tannins. The vines were replanted, following phylloxera, by Guillaume’s grandfather, Sem, shortly after his arrival at the domaine in 1906. A century later, in 2006, the domaine began conversion to biodynamic viticulture and is now wholly biodynamic. In the cellar, the grapes are cooled before fermentation. Extraction focuses on remontage (pumping over) rather than pigeage (punching down). Around a quarter new oak tends to be the maximum. The wines remain in barrel for 15-18 months and are customarily bottled unfined and unfiltered. These are the Volnays that we dream of: elegantly perfumed on the nose, with layered, textured palates. They combine intricate finesse with complexity, power and long ageing potential. Just occasionally, they display a sense of weightlessness which takes your breath away, the soaring flavours seemingly borne from thin air.
Appellation : Volnay 1er Cru Fremiet
Producer : Guillaume d’Angerville
Founded : 1805
Size: 1.57 hectares
Grape: 100% Pinot Noir
Age of the vines: 32 years in average
Organic / Biodynamic