(bottled in March) Deep ruby-red. Vibrant, nuanced nose combines bitter cherry, raspberry, violet and pepper; distinctly blacker aromas than those of the Volnay villages Big, broad and voluminous; rich but not at all overly sweet. Classic Volnay note of chocolate. Finishes with full but even tannins and excellent persistence. A very good showing.
Robert Parker 90
The 1999 Volnay Clos Des Chenes is ruby-colored and has shy cherry and candied raspberry aromas. It is well-made, with zesty blackberry and currant-like fruit. Light to medium-bodied and possessing a firm, sweet, tannin-filled finish, this is a wine to drink between 2003 and 2010. Importer: Ex Cellars, Solvang, CA; tel. (805) 686-9153.
Anticipated maturity: 2003-2010