Robert Parker 91
The medium-to-dark ruby-colored Volnay Champans displays highly-expressive cherry and mineral aromas as well as superb flavors reminiscent of unctuous blueberries, strawberries and Asian spices. Concentrated and well-balanced, this full-bodied and refined wine was shockingly good immediately after bottling. It can be drunk though 2006. Jacques, Marquis d’Angerville is, without a doubt, one of the finest producers in Burgundy. However, prior to working in the retail wine trade I firmly believed that he did not deserve his reputation. I rapidly came to realize that the wines I had been purchasing had often been damaged by careless shipping or storage somewhere en route from his cellars to Washington, DC. Charming, sensitive and intelligent, the Marquis produces beautifully concentrated and superbly elegant wines. Furthermore, when properly shipped and cellared, they can age gracefully for well over a decade. Importer: Chateaux and Estates Wine Co., New York, NY; Tel; (212) 572-7725.
Anticipated maturity: 1997-2006
Medium red. Reticent aromas of berries, licorice and herbs. Juicy, penetrating and intensely flavored; brisk acidity is in harmony with the fruit. A stylish wine, rather light on its feet. Very youthful finish shows strong acidity and a slight toughness.