2016 Volnay 1er Cru Clos du Verseuil Monopole
This is a tiny monopole vineyard totalling just 2/3s of a hectare. It lies above the chapel alongside Taillepieds. The detail on this 2016 is delightful. Having drunk a bottle of the 2015 (his first vintage) in La Cabotte (in Nuits St Georges not London!) recently which was so precise for a 2015, this subtlety and definition is clearly a characteristic that Thibaud exacts from the vineyard. This is quite simply a lovely expression of Volnay and a clear indication of the innate genius of this young winemaker.
`Cask sample. More floral fragrance than their Santenots, with finer tannic feel and more red cherry-fruit aromas. A great exercise in terroir, with significant length.` 17.5 points, Richard Hemming MW, Jancisrobinson.com.
`One of the highlights at Domaine Y. Clerget is the Volnay Clos de Verseuil – a monopole located just below the village of Volnay and the Domaine Pousse d’Or estate – and north of Volnay Taille Peids. This is a truly magnificent Volnay … the nose is complex displaying cool variations of cherries. On the palate rich and silky offering a very juicy fruit with a vibrant energy due to the cool vintage. It offers tremendous depth and detail and is a real treat. This is one of my favourite Volnays currently.` 92-93 points, Steen Öhman, Winehog.
`(this wine and the Caillerets got 30% new oak): Bright red-ruby. Musky, complex soil tones along with black cherry and mocha on the nose. Quite suave and silky on entry, conveying a relaxed quality (production here was 42 hectoliters per hectare) but no shortage of concentration. In fact, this is a wonderfully classy, supple wine with sexy sweetness and rocky energy (the mother rock is close to the surface here). Soil and spice notes add flavor interest. Consistent from start to finish, this quintessential, refined Volnay spreads out on the back end to saturate the mouth, with its tannins fully buffered by fruit.` 92-94 points, Stephen Tanzer, Vinous.
`Much more discreet, if not invisible, wood sets off pure, cool and restrained aromas of red currant, raspberry and soft floral wisps. There is really lovely vibrancy to the detailed, sleek and refined medium weight flavors that brim with both minerality and dry extract that serves to buffer the distinctly firm tannic spine shaping the lingering and beautifully balanced finale. This too is really quite good and worth considering. 91-93 pts` Burghound