omaine Jean-Marc Bouley
Volnay “Clos de la Cave”
Villages Red barrel
Tasted: Apr 15, 2018
Note: made with 50% whole bunches
Producer note: The gifted Thomas Bouley enthusiastically, if somewhat plaintively, described 2016 as “one that cost us an enormous amount of yield but still managed to give us excellent quality. Yet the damage was quite disparate in that we got killed in some parcels and were all but untouched in others. For example, in the northern part of Volnay and in Rugiens we were barely damaged at all yet by Monthélie, Beaune and Bourgogne, it was awful. But Caillerets isn’t too far from Monthélie and it wasn’t touched so there was basically no discernible pattern to the damage. Worse, the frost was followed by a severe attack of mildew which was particularly bad in those vines weakened by the frost. After those losses, the growing season turned in our favor and we began picking notably ripe and very clean fruit on the 20th of September. I was particularly impressed by the quality of the tannins that were fully mature and the brown seeds and stems confirm why, as I have never seen that before. Overall, I love this vintage as it’s everything that lovers of classically styled Burgundy search for.” I couldn’t agree more with Bouley’s take on his wines as they are indeed first-rate. Note that the regular Bourgogne and the Beaune “Reversées were not produced. For the rest, Bouley indicated that, as usual, he will bottle without fining or filtration. (Russell Herman/World Wine Source, NJ, Veritas Imports, www.veritaswine.com, CA, Terroir Imports, www.terroirimports.net, CO, Pas Mal Portfolio, www.selectionpasmal.wordpress.com, NY/NJ, Vineyard Road, www.vineyardroad.net, MA/RI, Wines Unlimited, www.winesunlimited.com, LA and Classified Wine & Spirits, LLC, www.classifiedwine.net, TX, all USA; Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, UK and O.W. Loeb, www.owloeb.com, UK; Becky Wasserman & Co., www.beckywasserman.com, Beaune, France).
Tasting note: Here there is no reductive funk, indeed the airy and ultra-fresh nose is quite floral with hints of spice adding a touch of elegance to the blend of various red berry scents. There is once again plenty of energy to the delicious, detailed and stony lighter weight flavors that offer fine length on the youthfully austere finale.