Domaine Nicolas Rossignol, Volnay 1er Cru ‘Clos Santenots’ 2012

£77.00 (75cl)

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The ground is deep and rich, with dark red colors due to the high iron content. The “ship heads” can be found there (big round rocks). Blend of young vines (20 years old) located on the sides of Volnay with bigger rocks and older vines (60-70 years old) from Meursault with a clay soil.

Tasting note

Dense and intense from the beginning with some animal notes those other wines don't have. Subtle on the palate, (old vines) relayed by length and strength in the mouthfeel. It is more on the Côte de Nuits than on the Côte de Beaune side.

About the producer

Beginning his winemaking career in 1994, Nicolas Rossignol is one of the best examples of a new generation of Burgundy wine makers. Born in 1974, he represents the 5th generation of vine growers from Volnay. After completing his technical training and education at oenology school in Beaune, Nicolas put his knowledge into practice with stints at Domaine Joseph Voillot in Volnay, Domaine Louis Latour in the Ardèche and Domaine Vieux Télégraphe in Châteauneuf du Pape. Anxious to learn wider viticultural and winemaking techniques, he went to work in South Africa at Domaine Boschendal in Stellenbosch in 1995, followed by Château Cardonne in Bordeaux. He later returned home to his family’s domaine (Rossignol-Jeanniard), but he wished to create his own domaine. In 1997, he acquired 4.5 hectares spread over the communes of Volnay, Pommard, Beaune, Aloxe Corton and Pernand Vergelesses.

In 1998, he increased his vineyard holdings by a further 2 hectares. Today, Nicolas makes wine from his own estate, as well as from his fathers’ vineyards. Nicolas is now buying all the fruit from his family’s domaine, thus everything is bottled under the name Nicolas Rossignol (either with or without the word ‘domaine’.) Since all the vineyards are under his sole control throughout the year, all wines can be purchased with utmost confidence. Subsequent vineyard purchases in 2005 and 2014 means that Nicolas Rossignol’s holdings now extend to 17 hectares, producing nearly 30 different cuvées! The evolution of the last 5 years has been spectacular: Nicolas is now producing genuinely individual wines that fully respect their origin, as well as possessing the purity and precision of many of the top modern Burgundies. This is a remarkable achievement in view of the multitude of wines produced at the estate. His wines are now housed in his brand new cuverie on the edge of Beaune, in which he can vinify each cru by terroir and by parcel.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate (

The 2012 Volnay 1er Cru Santenots comes from the lower part of the climat and is totally de-stemmed. It seems to have a higher proportion of red fruit than the Ronceret with a more conspicuous floral component. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy ripe tannins. Again, there is more red, earthy fruit here than Ronceret with a long, tightly wound, laconic finish that will come out of its shell once in bottle. (Neal Martin) Points: 90 - 92. Issue Date: 30/12/2013

Regions Vintage Report:

As you probably know already, 2012 was a very small vintage following other low yielding years. With an ever increasing demand from new markets, the demand for good Burgundies far surpasses the availability. Fortunately the quality is present in the 2012 vintage despite quite challenging conditions. The low yields appear to have concentrated the flavours and underlined the structure, without affecting the balance of the wines. The whites have more depth and concentration than the 2011s, but also a better balance and good fresh finish. 2012 has produced excellent wines for early drinking which also have good ageing potential – a little like 2010, but with a touch more richness and very seductive. The reds are possibly even more impressive with great precision and fruit. There is more energy and fruit than the past few vintages. The structure is definitely there, but most wines are delicate, perfumed with superb terroir definition. Some producers are comparing their wines to a mix of 2010 and 2011 vintages, while others are saying that 2012 is reminiscent of 2002 which turned out to deliver many great wines. 2012 is definitely a vintage where Burgundy can fully express its qualities and differences. Finally prices: as expected prices are up but nowhere near the relative rarity of the vintage. We have tried hard to keep the increases to a minimum. Christian Honorez 2014 ©adVINture 2020

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