Mingling rich aromas of blackberries, cassis and cherries with hints of grilled meat and espresso roast, the 2018 Volnay 1er Cru Les Santenots is medium to full-bodied, velvety and enveloping, with a gourmand core of fruit that largely cloaks its fine, powdery tannins—though the structure does assert itself on the finish.
The 2018 Volnay Les Santenots 1er Cru comes from the lieu-dit of Les Santenots-Dessous and is completely de-stemmed and matured in 20% new oak. It has a slightly earthy and more introspective bouquet compared to Clerget’s other 2018 Volnays, but no less compelling; lovely, pure mulberry aromas almost reluctantly unfurl with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent tannins and a fine line of acidity. Quite strict and linear toward the Pommard-like finish, which delivers wonderful tension and good length. Cellar this for three or four years, because there is great potential.