2002 Louis Jadot Volnay 1er Cru Clos de la Barre (France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Volnay 1er Cru)

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Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, France, Red Wine, Volnay 1er Cru


Opened last night and popped and poured, and it was very primary. Once again, I assume my 55 degree cellar keeps them nicely young and vibrant. Tonight, the wine shows a little less primary, with a hint of secondary aromas and flavors. Clearly a dark fruited example of Burgundy, which, based on my limited experience with Volnay is fairly typical. A little tight still on the nose, but a lot going on the palate. Just great blackberry and plum fruit that is focused and precise. Long, dry finish (not to be confused with drying) with some hoisin sauce in the back of the palate. This has quite a bit of tannin to resolve, I believe. This was a gigantic QPR in my opinion when I purchased the wine (around $30 per bottle). For me, this is just now entering its drinking window, but I believe it’ll drink much better in 3-5 years. With that said, I like my wines with quite a bit of age, so your mileage may vary.

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