Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Chenes, Domaine Rene Monnier


Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Chenes, Domaine Rene Monnier

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Tasting Note

A silky and light bodied Volnay with enticing aromas of sage and plums. An elegant palate shows liquorice, wild strawberry and raspberry tones that evolve into a lingering cassis finish. Superbly fine tannins give a classy, understated mouthfeel, leading to a lingering finish.

Producer Note

Domaine René Monnier is a leading and sought-after producer situated in the heart of Meursault. With over 18 hectares of vineyard in the most prestigious Crus of the Côte de Beaune, Domaine René Monnier is one of the largest privately owned domains in the region. Founded in 1723, the domain is now in the hands of the tenth generation, with all the wines being skilfully made by Xavier Monnot. Domaine René Monnier's white wines are fresh and stylish avoiding an excessive use of oak, while the reds are the epitome of fine Burgundy demonstrating the balanced, silky style of this house.


The 2017 vintage in Burgundy enjoyed favourable weather conditions throughout the growing period. The season was marked by an alternation of warm and sunny days, with rainy and overcast days, which allowed the grapes to ripen gradually. The harvest produced homogeneous results with good quality berries and wonderful balance between sugar and acidity. The 2017 is a very good vintage with excellent ageing potential.


The Pinot Noir vines were planted in 1936 and are low yielding, producing a rich, concentrated style of Volnay. Grown in the Premier Cru named plot of Clos des Chênes in Volnay, the vines are cultivated according to "la lutte raisonnée", using sustainable agricultural methods and reducing the amount of chemicals, in order to respect the land and its environment. The soils are predominantly limestone and clay.


The grapes were meticulously sorted and then underwent traditional vinification methods. Fermentation started off in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks before being transferred to oak casks of which 25% were new. The wine underwent regular bâtonnage of its fine lees adding complexity and texture to the resulting wine. The wine completed malolactic fermentation and was then aged for 10 months in French oak barrels before being gently fined and filtered prior to bottling.

Serving Suggestion

A fantastic wine to pair with roasted red meats such as duck or game.


Pinot Noir 100%

Producer:  Domaine Rene Monnier
Grape Varieties:  Pinot Noir
Optimum Drinking:  Within 8 years
Wine Style:  Beautifully balanced wine with silky tannins
Alcohol by Volume:  13%
Closure:  Natural Cork
Country:  France
Style / Colour:  Red

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