Volnay 1er cru "Les Mitans" 2007

The vintage

For those of us who like fresh and refreshing wines with fairly low alcohol and bright acidity accompanied by correct aromatic and phenolic maturities, we have been waiting for this vintage for a long time ! The hot and warm months of April and May forewarned an early harvest, likely at the end of August, but the weather changed to chilly and rainy for the rest of the summer. We pushed back the harvest dates because, as was generally the case for this vintage, one of the keys to success was that it could not be rushed. We started at the very end of August with the reds, and after a few days break, we picked the whites.

The reds show a very fresh nose with vibrant red fruit aromas of raspberry and red currant along with floral notes. We chose to use a significant portion of whole clusters in the fermentation because the grape and stem quality was high. The mouthfeels are full, fleshy and generous. The noses are vibrantly intense ; the tannins are fine, silky and integrated with the fruit ; and overall, there is a sensation of balance and freshness that persists through the long, mineral finish. As for whites, the 2007 vintage represents what we like in noble white wines : grace, heightened minerality and lots of restraint..

Tasting notes

- (vinified entirely with whole clusters) Very good deep red. Captivating rose petal perfume. Sappy and vibrant, with an urgent quality to the berry, cherry, mineral and pepper flavors; showing a lovely restrained sweetness. Almost painfully intense today, and extremely primary. Finishes quite broad, with palate-staining perfume. At a modest 12.4% alcohol, this beautifully balanced wine boasts terrific intensity and plenty of density. Here's an example of a 2007 here that may top the 2005 version. 91
By Stephen TANZER

- An intensely floral nose with upper register aromas of lacy and airy red pinot fruit is very much in keeping with the round, fresh, detailed and strikingly pure flavors that resemble those of the Champans in the sense that this is a wine of finesse yet one with exceptionally good flavor authority that epitomize the phrase power without weight. Terrific. - Tasted: Apr 01, 2009 - Score: 91-93 - Drink: 2014+ - Comments: Sweet spot Outstanding