2016 Xavier Monnot Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Chenes

Pinot Noir - 750ML
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WS 93

Wine Spectator, April 2019

Intense aromas of black cherry, pomegranate and tamarind mark this juicy red. Smooth, with well-integrated tannins lending a dusty feel as the finish plays out. Already harmonious, this should develop well over the next...
WA 91

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2017

The 2016 Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Chênes, half from vines planted in 1936 and the other half from vines planted in 1978, has a very floral and expressive bouquet with blueberry, cassis and violet aromas. This is quite...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Pinot Noir
Country France
Region Burgundy
Sub-region Cote de Beaune
Appellation Volnay
Sub-appellation Clos des Chenes
Vintage 2016
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13.5%
Closure Cork

The 2016 Xavier Monnot Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Chenes is a remarkable red wine that exemplifies the elegance and complexity of Burgundy. Made from the Pinot Noir varietal, this wine hails from the renowned Volnay appellation in the Cote de Beaune region of France.

With its deep, ruby red color, this wine entices the senses from the moment it is poured into the glass. The aromas are intense and captivating, revealing notes of blueberry, cassis, and violet. These floral and fruity scents create a bouquet that is both inviting and expressive.

On the palate, the 2016 Xavier Monnot Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Chenes showcases a medium-bodied structure with a touch of licorice on the entry. The tannins are firm yet fine, providing a velvety texture that coats the mouth. There is a pleasing edginess to the wine, adding a sense of liveliness and vitality. The finish is sustained and leaves a lasting impression.

This wine has received high praise from critics, with Robert Parker's Wine Advocate awarding it a score of 91 and describing it as "excellent." The Wine Spectator also lauds this wine, giving it an impressive score of 93. They note the intense aromas of black cherry, pomegranate, and tamarind, as well as the smooth and well-integrated tannins.

With an alcohol percentage of 13.5%, this wine showcases the perfect balance between fruit, acidity, and alcohol. It is a wine that can be enjoyed now, but also has the potential to age gracefully over the next two decades.

Produced by Xavier Monnot, this wine is a true testament to the craftsmanship and passion of Burgundian winemaking. With only 375 cases made, it is a limited-edition gem that is sure to impress even the most discerning wine enthusiasts.

In conclusion, the 2016 Xavier Monnot Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Chenes is a red wine that embodies the essence of Burgundy. Its floral and expressive bouquet, medium-bodied structure, and impressive accolades make it a wine worth savoring. Whether enjoyed now or cellared for future enjoyment, this wine is sure to leave a lasting impression.