Domaine Marquis d'Angerville
Volnay "Clos des Ducs" ♥
1er Cru Red barrel
Tasted: Apr 15, 2017
Don't miss! Outstanding
Note: a monopole that measures 2.15 ha
Producer note: Guillaume d'Angerville described 2015 as a "vintage that gave us excellent quality but unfortunately not much quantity because even with a magnificent May and an excellent flowering, the accumulated stress of the hail damage in 2012, 2013 and 2014 plus the very dry growing season combined to make it difficult for the vines to produce very much. Just to provide your readers with an idea of just how dry it was, there was no recorded rain from the middle of June to the beginning of August. Thankfully there were several small storms plus a substantial one around the 15th that really helped with the véraison. We chose to begin picking on the 4th of September, which was a balancing act as that date was still only 93 days from the middle of the flowering. The fruit was both ripe and super clean which allowed us to pick rapidly. We did our normal vinification as there was no reason to do otherwise. As to the wines, what is interesting about them is that they are clearly ripe yet they remain fresh and harmonious. Moreover, and while it's hard to believe because the total acidities are not especially high, the associated pHs are comparable to those we obtained in 2010. As such the wines do not drink like they are the product of a very warm and dry vintage." While the d'Angerville 2015s are clearly a product of their vintage, meaning that they're riper than what the domaine typically produces, it's equally clear that they also possess outstanding quality. Note I revisited the '14 Clos des Ducs below in bottle. (John Armit Wines, www.armit.co.uk, Lay & Wheeler, www.laywheeler.com, Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com, O.W. Loeb, www.owloeb.com, Charles Taylor Wines, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org and Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com, all UK).
Tasting note: There is enough reduction to push the underlying fruit to the background for today. The graceful yet precise flavors brim with both underlying tension and minerality and possess that beguiling quality of inner mouth perfume before delivering the best length in the range on the youthfully austere finale. This is very clearly built-to-age and it's going to need it; indeed I doubt that this will arrive at its peak much before it sees its 20th birthday. I would further observe that while this may not be the finest Ducster of the modern era, it should ultimately give both the 1999 and 2005 a run for their money, which indisputably puts it in elite company.