The village of Volnay is located in the Côte de Beaune, in Burugndy, South of the town of Beaune and neighbouring the village of Pommard. This appellation is part of the rare ones that only produces red wines. Volnay, perched on the hill of Chaignot high up in the Côte de Beaune, occupies a narrow and steeply sloping site as if to allow more space to the vines. The hill itself is oriented slightly differently from the general run of the country so that the vines face South-East rather than East. These vineyards have been valued and exploited for centuries.
Long before the Revolution the harvests of Volnay went to the Knights of Malta, the Abbeys of Saint-Andoche d’Autun and Maizières, or to the Dukes of Bourgogne and their successors, the Kings of France. The typicity of this red Pinot Noir wine was fixed as early as the 18th century.
It gained its controlled appellation status in 1937. The appellation Volnay is twinned with Volnay-Santenots, grown in neighbouring Meursault on ground equally suited to the Pinot Noir grape. Meaning of the climate Robardelle: this area is not far from the ancient Roman road and quarries. The configuration of the places allowed the brigands of great way (robardel) to run and hide easily
Marl, chalk and fallen rocks.
Vinification and maturing
The grapes are harvested by hand and sorted manually on arrival at the winery. 100% of the grapes were de-stemmed.
Vinification of 20 days in thermos regular tanks. Cold maceration for 6 days at 8°C. (46°F.). Nine days of fermentation with punching twice a day during the fermentation at a temperature of 30°C. (86°F.).
Ageing in Burgundian oak barrels of 228 litres for 12 to 15 months and with 30% new oak barrels.
Wine and food pairing
Will be perfect with a warm Mont d’Or cheese and Morteau sausage, feathered game, steak tartare, guinea fowl with a turnip bake, pan-fried Brussels sprouts with bacon or a tender piece of Tome cheese from Savoie.
In good storage conditions it will age patiently for 8 to 10 years.
Drink ideally at a temperature of 14 to 16°C. (57-60°F.).