Comte Armand Volnay Les Fremiets 2015

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This is from a tiny, under one acre size holding in Volnay of Comte Armand, planted in 1950 and 1980 to 100% Pinot Noir. The premier cru vineyard of Fremiets is located on the border of Pommard, boasting oxidized iron and limestone bedrock in the soils, producing a deeper, fuller-bodied style of Volnay.  In the winemaking, Armand makes this from mostly to entirely de-stemmed grapes (depending on vintage), the wines receives 4 weeks' maceration and fermentation with indigenous yeasts followed by 18 months' aging in barrel (20% new oak). Armand is certified organic (Ecocert) and biodynamic.
Category Red Wine
Country France
Region Burgundy
Appellation Cote de Beaune
Brand Comte Armand
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Wine AdvocateThere are only two barrels of the 2015 Volnay 1er Cru Frémiets, which was impacted by the hail and consequently yields were reduced to 15 hectoliters per hectare. The vines here are more than 80 years old, assisted by younger 30-year-old vines. It tended to have small grapes on the older vines, generally with thick skins. The nose is a mixture of red and black fruit, raspberry coulis and wild strawberry, a touch of thyme. The palate is well structured with sappy red berry fruit, a pinch of white pepper and nicely structured on the finish à la Pommard, which is unsurprising given its location. What a beautiful Volnay. One to seek out if you couldn't get your mits on the Clos des Epenaux. Drink Date: 2019-2038.

Neal Martin, December 30, 2016