2018 Fontaine Gagnard Volnay Clos des Chênes

Pinot Noir - 750ML
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BH 92 VN 92
BH 92

Burghound, April 2020

(90-92 points) A somber and restrained nose requires considerable swirling to coax the pretty aromas of lavender, red cherry, spice and violet. There is a taut muscularity to the mineral-inflected larger-scaled flavors...
VN 92

Vinous, January 2020

(90-92 points) Picked on August 29, earlier than the domaine’s other reds, the 2018 Volnay Clos des Chênes 1er Cru has an attractive bouquet of red currant, raspberry and briar, all well defined and focused. The palate is...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Pinot Noir
Country France
Region Burgundy
Sub-region Cote de Beaune
Appellation Volnay
Vintage 2018
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13.5%
Closure Cork

This exquisite 2018 Fontaine Gagnard Volnay Clos des Chênes is a true gem from the renowned Burgundy region in France. Crafted from the delicate and elegant Pinot Noir varietal, this red wine showcases the exceptional quality and finesse that the region is known for.

In the glass, this wine displays a captivating ruby red color that glimmers with hints of garnet, offering a visual feast for the senses. The nose is immediately greeted by a bouquet of red currant, raspberry, and briar, all beautifully defined and focused. These aromatic notes intertwine harmoniously, creating an inviting and captivating olfactory experience.

On the palate, the 2018 Fontaine Gagnard Volnay Clos des Chênes reveals a perfect balance and structure. It possesses a fine saline core that adds depth and complexity to the wine. Despite its robust nature, this Volnay maintains a sense of precision and grip, ensuring a truly satisfying drinking experience. The finish is long and lingering, leaving a lasting impression on the palate.

Both Vinous and Burghound, two highly respected wine publications, have bestowed this wine with a score of 92 points, a testament to its exceptional quality. Neal Martin from Vinous notes that this Volnay was picked earlier than other reds from the domaine, and praises its attractive bouquet and fine saline core. Burghound, on the other hand, highlights the somber and restrained nose, as well as the taut muscularity and mineral-inflected flavors that grace the palate.

With an alcohol percentage of 13.5%, this wine strikes the perfect balance between power and elegance. It is best enjoyed now or can be cellared for at least a decade, allowing it to further develop and evolve over time. Pair this magnificent wine with roasted duck breast, seared salmon, or a selection of aged cheeses for a truly exceptional dining experience.

In conclusion, the 2018 Fontaine Gagnard Volnay Clos des Chênes is a remarkable representation of the Burgundy region's winemaking prowess. Its expressive aromas, balanced palate, and impressive longevity make it a must-have for any wine enthusiast.