Volnay 1er Cru Les Roncerets 2011, Domaine Paul Garaudit, Burgundy, France

Drunk JivaHill Resort, Crozet, France, August 2015 

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The winery

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Paul Garaudet’s wine estate is located in the heart of the Côte of Beaune, between Volnay and Meursault. Paul Garaudet is the 4th generation to cultivate the family estate with an annual production of around 50,000 bottles a year.  It expands to 10.5 hectares. 5.5 hectares of which are exclusively planted with Pinot Noir, on the appellations of Pommard, Volnay, Monthelie and 5 hectares are exclusively planted with Chardonnay on the appellations of Monthelie, Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet.

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The harvesting is totally by hand. In the winery, the grapes are vinified with much care and in the pure Burgundian tradition with about 20 days of vatting. The maturing is made in French oak casks (1/3 of new cask) from 12 to 18 months for the white and red wines. No chemical products are used in order to give great wines for ageing with good character.

The pinot noir's are totally destemmed, then a cold maceration is made from 5 to 8 days. The alcoholic fermentation occurs naturally with indigenous yeasts present on the coating of grape berries. This fermentation is slow and lasts between 20 to 25 days. The wines are devatted and barrelled by gravity in the cellar. The malolactic fermentation is done naturally. The maturing on the fine lees in a barrel lasts from 12 to 18 months. The red wines are not fined only a slight cooling help to clarify them.

The wine

Tasting notes:

2011 was a tricky year in Burgundy after the exceptional 2009 and 2010 vintages but this Volnay Premier Cru Les Roncerets from winemaker Paul Garaudit is an excellent expression of the appellation. Showing the classic "feminine"characteristics ("Queen of Burgundy") this was very lightly red coloured in the glass, almost transparent, with a strong floral bouquet and a lovely smoothness. The fruit flavours were pronounced with soft tannins and an enduring finish. My preference is for more masculine style of Pinot Noir, but nevertheless this was a classy wine.