The 2018 Volnay 1er Cru Clos du Verseuil wafts from the glass with lavish aromas of blackberries, cherries, dark chocolate and toasty new oak. Medium to full-bodied, velvety and layered, it's rich and fleshy, with chalky structuring tannins that assert themselves on the back end and lively balancing acids. This is certainly marked by its élevage, but it should develop well with some bottle age.
The 2018 Volnay Clos de Verseuil 1er Cru is the 0.50-hectare monopole, this vintage completely de-stemmed and raised in 30% new oak. This has one of the richest bouquets among Clerget’s 2018s, despite being the first that Clerget picked, on August 28. Kirsch and blueberry fruit, a little confit in style, are still very attractive in a bold way. The palate is well balanced with sweet ripe fruit, slightly candied, with blood orange filtering through the ebullient red fruit. There is good grip and a fine line of acidity keeping everything in check. One of the most seductive and flattering offerings from Clerget this year.