Thierry Violot Guillemard Cros Martin Volnay 2015 is a wine you need to know. The vineyard sits just below the “Champans” Premier Cru, and the vines are 70 years old. Thierry Violot Guillemard Cros Martin has all of the beautiful perfume of Volnay, but the vine age would make you believe this is a Premier Cru level wine. On top of this, 2015 is such a great vintage that you can enjoy Thierry Violot Guillemard Cros Martin Volnay 2015 from now, but it’ll keep going well into the 2030s in a great cellar.
Thierry Violot Guillemard is an organic producer in Pommard. The team tend 6 hectares over 18 plots, including their ‘monopool’ Derrière Saint-Jean 1er Cru, a tiny plot of old vines in the same ground as their winery and BnB (next to the pool). The Thierry Violot Guillemard style is red fruits and assertive tannins. Their wines are beautifully crafted and dry finishing. Pommard Epenots Premier Cru is the star for Thierry Violot Guillemard: all its power and intensity and mid-palate flesh, with the Pommard Village being mighty impressive with a few years under its belt too.
Thierry Violot Guillemard Cros Martin Volnay 2015 Wine Review
“This features aromas including smoke, herbs, forest, cocoa and spice ; well structured with a lot of finesse.”
Lighter, elegant, perfumed reds from Cote de Beaune. Due to their lightness of weight, they are not as well regarded as some appellations. But from good producers, the reds in Volnay are as good as any in Burgundy.
The classic part of Burgundy, known as the Cote D’Or (the slope of gold), is essentially one vineyard that is 60km long and maybe 5km at its widest. From this limestone ridge, some of the most complex, long-lived and aromatic wines produced from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Cistercian monks who owned the land codified the entire region, and so each small plot has a name.
This is the most elusive grape. It is relatively early ripening and extremely sensitive to terroir. Its perfect place on earth is the Cote d’Or in Burgundy. So haunting are great red Burgundy’s charms that growers everywhere try to emulate them. Pinot Noir is not just a one-trick pony. Apart from the best reds in the world, you can find world-class Pinot Noir rosé and sparkling. You can even find sweet wines, whites on occasion, and I’ve tasted a decent fortified Pinot Noir too.
The land that so many New World (not European) wine producers look to emulate. To generalise about French wine, I would say it is savoury, lighter-bodied wines. They are the definition of elegant, complex. There are many styles, though. And there is a French wine for every palate. They lead the world in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Burgundy. Sparkling Wine in Champagne. Cabernet and Merlot in Bordeaux. Syrah(Shiraz) and Grenache in the Rhone Valley. Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and Pinot Gris in Alsace. Sauvignon Blanc, and Chenin Blanc in the Loire Valley. Gamay in Beaujolais.
Wine is the result you get from fermented grape juice. There is proof of wine production dating back 8000 years ago. Fashions, innovations and many other factors have influenced the way wine has evolved over the years.
The wine grape is impressive. It contains everything you need to make grape wine except for the yeast, which lives on the outside of the skins.
Human inputs can influence the final product, including the viticulture (growing) choices. And the winemaker can shape the wine to a point too.
The best wines of the world often refer to terroir. Terroir is a French term that refers to all the climatic, geological and topographical influences on a specific piece of land. And it is true that neighbouring vineyards, grown identically, can taste noticeably different.
Fun fact; most of the colour for wines comes from the skins. There are only a handful of grapes that have red juice. Alicante is the most well known of these grapes.
By macerating the juice on the skins, the wine gains tannin and flavour. Certain compounds change the chemistry of the wine too.
Red wines tend to have higher alcohol. More tannin and more oak flavours compared to other styles of wine. But the thousands of grapes and terroirs they grow in influence this.
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