Style - elegant, delicate, sappy, velvety
Volnay is situated just north of Meursault in the Côte de Beaune. It has often been described as the most feminine and desirable red in the Côte de Beaune, and is the epitome of elegant Pinot Noir. The village itself is full of great, old domaines and has unique historical significance as kings of France in the 13th and 14th century were entertained here at a château built by Capetian dukes in the 11th century. The best examples of Volnay always display a lightness of touch but despite its delicacy, wines from here can have an exemplary aromatic profile and are surprisingly long lived. Soils are very similar to Chambolle in the Côte de Nuits, with a high chalk content and very little clay.
There are 35 premier crus over 114 hectares lying either side of the RN73. One block borders Pommard, and these tend to be more tannic and are often firmer in style (eg Fremiers, Mitans). Another block is located within, and surrounding the village. The most famous of these is Clos des Ducs, a monopoly of Marquis d’Angerville. The best premier cru vineyards lie south of the village and include premier cru Les Taillepieds, Clos du Chêne, and Les Caillerets. Santenots is located just over the border in Meursault. Unusually it is an appellation in its own right and is more often labelled as Volnay Santenots as it has more in common with the red wines of Volnay than Meursault.