Bern's Select Vincent Girardin Volnay Rouge 2017
"Vincent Girardin, now located in Meursault, offers some of the Burgundy's finest values all over the Cote-d'Or. We believe in neither fining nor filtering our red wines, giving the maximum expression to le gout de terroir, with deep color and rich flavor. The whites are wonderfully balanced and bursting with fruit aromas and flavors. This blend has been personally selected by David Laxer, the Bern's Sommelier Team, and Danny Haas assuring you of its exceptional quality, absolute authenticity, and an ability to age."
The vineyards of Volnay occupy a narrow and steeply sloping site with altitudes between 750 - 920 feet in altitude. The soil in Volnay is based on limestone overlaid with schist. At the top limestone predominates and at the foot of the slopes above the RN74 the soils are deeper and more gravelly.
This 2017 Volnay Vieilles Vignes comes from 4 plots. Les Blanches (68 year old vines) is on the upper slopes and borders the 1er Cru Les Clos des Chenes. This site accounts for 60% of the blend and is farmed biodynamically. Les Grand Champs (57 year old vines) is on the lower slopes below the 1er Cru En L'Ormeau and is relatively flat with more clay, again farmed biodynamically and accounts for 10% of the blend. Les Pluchots (55 year old vines) also farmed biodynamically. Soil here has more clay and site if fairly flat and is situated below the 1er Cru Les Carelles. This accounts for 15% of the blend. The last site which accounts for 15% of the blend is Les Poisots (60 year old vines). Les Poisots is farmed in a sustainable manner and has again a fair amount of clay and is fairly flat lying just above the RN74.
2017 was a very elegant style Volnay vintage. The wines are showing wonderful ripeness in their youth but will also have the ability to age for many years. Volnay is often admired for its delicacy and bouquet. many look on Volnay as the most feminine of Red Burgundy. Aromas of violet, cherry and as it ages game and spice should show through. This wine certainly certainly offers immediate appeal so please enjoy.