First rank Biodynamic Burgundy Pinot
On the nose there are notes of sweet red berry fruit and light spice. On the palate this charming medium bodied wine displays superb balance with supple tannins and finely pitched acidity.
- 17.5 points, Jancis Robinson
- 92 points, Decanter
- 91-93 points Robert Parker
Food Pairing: Game, duck, roast chicken
Cellaring: Drinking now to 2035.
STORY BEHIND THIS WINE
Domaine Marquis d’Angerville is one of the most important producers in Volnay in Burgundy's Côte de Beaune with a long and storied history and a range of top wines, mainly Pinot Noir. The domaine gained fame in the 1920s when it was one of the first to make and bottle its own wine at a time when the common practice was for négociants to handle the process. The domaine was first established in 1804, adding the hugely prized monopole vineyard, the Clos des Ducs, in 1906 after it was bequeathed to the then marquis by his uncle and godfather.
The sixth generation of the family, Guillaume d’Angerville, took over the management of Domaine Marquis d'Angerville after the death of his father, Jacques d'Angerville, in 2003. Two years later, inspired by leading Burgundian winemaker Anne-Claude Leflaive, Guillaume decided to convert the domaine to biodynamic production. Rudolf Steiner developed the principles of biodynamics, which aim to strengthen the organic life of the soil and give the plant energy for better photosynthesis. According to the domaine, “our vines are only treated with natural products, based on horn dung, horn silica, herbal teas... spread according to the lunar calendar, and which give the vine the strength to fight off disease attacks, rather than to treat the disease once it has set in.”
The domaine has eight premier cru vineyards in Volnay, including Caillerets, as well as one each in Meursault and Pommard. All of its top sites are planted in Pinot Noir, with the exception of the premier cru Meursault Santenots vineyard, which is planted in Chardonnay.
According to its website,”finesse and power combine in the Caillerets to give a very harmonious whole. As the etymology of the name suggests, the stony soil gives this wine a minerality that combines beautifully with the fruit.” `Five to 10 years of aging is recommended for it to “show its full potential and release its remarkable bouquet.