Harvested 23-27 September: Heavy reduction on the nose makes this difficult to appreciate at first, but as the reduction blows off it is easier to savor the beautiful red and black fruit underneath. The 2010 is a very structured Ducs. I don t expect it to drink early, but it should be a great bottle by 2025.
Robert Parker 96
The 2010 Volnay Clos des Ducs is a wonderfully complete wine. Layers of sculpted, chiseled fruit flow gracefully as the Clos des Ducs opens up in the glass. Dark red cherries, licorice, spices and cedar are given an attractive lift by the expressive floral notes that are woven throughout. This is a beautifully centered, poised wine that impresses for its purity and focus. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2040. The 2010s from Marquis d’Angerville are stellar. They are the product of a year that saw yields lowered by 40-50% on average. It was quite a shock to see the domain’s cellars with so few barrels in them. As always, the wines were made with fully de-stemmed fruit. I will report on the 2009s in the April issue. Importer: Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines, Napa CA; tel. (707) 299-2600
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2040
Oidium (powdery mildew) in August; one upper parcel of younger vines was not treated properly. Made only 19"20 hl/ha (cf around 40 hl/ha in 2009 and 2005). The worst losses to oidium in Guillame d’Angerville’s tenure. And very high prices as a result! Harvest 23 September, pH 3.5. Transparent ruby. Light nose " less exuberant than the 2012. Very fine and delicate on the palate. Long and builds to a pretty magnificent crescendo but this bottle is definitely a little muted on the nose. Wholly admirable but holds itself above the need to charm. Tannins smothered by the fruit. Just a tad austere at the moment but very typical.
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2048