Alex Gambal Volnay Les Santenots Vieilles Vignes 2005
|Appellation||Cote de Beaune|
Wine AdvocateThe 2005 Volnay Santenots Vieilles Vignes, smells fetchingly of deep, sweet, ripe black cherry, brown spices, aromatic woods (probably not oak - only two of five barrels were new), moss, and hints of cherry pit bitterness. On the palate, tart but ripe black fruit offers counterpoint to an incipient creaminess of texture. A concentrated finish successfully integrates fresh fruit brightness and tart, bitter elements for a most invigorating effect. This should respond well to 3-5 years of cellaring, although Gambal is at pains to forecast that with their high acidity and polyphenols most of these 2005s may shut down soon after bottling and for several years.