2012 Volnay 1er Cru Les Caillerets Domaine Jean-Marc et Thomas Bouley


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When Thomas Bouley joined his father Jean-Marc at the age of twenty in 2002, he vowed to make the domaine one of the finest in Volnay. Since taking over in 2012, he has more than achieved his goal, and is spoken of in the same terms as Frédéric Lafarge. His knowledge and enthusiasm are breathtaking.

Thomas is entirely focussed on making the best wine possible. Intervention is kept to a minimum, and he believes in encouraging the vines’ natural vigour: no fertiliser is used, no systemic treatments, no green harvesting, and hedging as late as possible after flowering. This gives him a greater number of smaller bunches, with a better skin-to-juice ratio. His wines are expressive, pure and full of energy.

Red soil gives masses of expressive ripe floral fruit to this wine, then in mid-palate the bedrock emerges with an energising mineral push. Very fine and fresh. A delight.