Volnay premier cru 2010: panel tasting results

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The 2010s showed purity and austerity in our panel tasting, but some producers strugged to achieve full ripeness. While not a great vintage, our panel said it's a good one to buy - but with care. See the top 13 Volnay premier cru 2010s here...
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Volnay 2010, Louis Jadot Clos de la Barre Monopole
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Louis Jadot, Clos de la Barre, Monopole

Louis Jadot, Clos de la Barre, Monopole
Decanter average score: 18.5pts/20 (95/100pts)
Individual judge’s scores: Michael Schuster 18.5 Steven Spurrier 18.5 Sebastian Thomas 18.5
Jadot is the sole owner of this 1.3-hectare site. The wine is often dense and structured, although this may be the consequence of winemaker Jacques Lardière’s vinification style as well as a reflection of the site. Lardière, who has since retired, was non-interventionist, favouring natural yeasts and long fermentations at quite high temperatures. Always prone to mystical explanations, he liked long, warm vinifications in order to liberate a sense of place. The wine ages for around 15 months in oak. Jadot also produces a Clos des Chênes in most vintages.
Michael Schuster Light, fine tannins, delicate, ripe, red fruits subtle minerality; has length and class. Fine, mineral, aromatic length; Volnay delicacy and charm. Very pretty, clear premier class and finesse. Complete for the vintage.
Steven Spurrier
Ripe red fruits on the nose, fresh and clean on the palate with a good weight of fruit and oak well-blended in. Great definition and precision, and tannins for a good future.
Sebastian Thomas Nose of lifted, pretty, red-cherry fruit, floral notes and minerality. Nice fruit density, pure, with a lovely weave. Tannins are fine, nicely delineated. Bright and vibrant with good energy and a long, fruity finish. Excellent.
Price £42 Hatch Mansfield, Berry Bros & Rudd, Peake Wines
Drink 2014–2028
Alc 13.5%

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