Just beyond Pommard in the Côte de Beaune lies Volnay, a village that crafts the finest Pinot Noir in the south of the Côte d’Or. Although it doesn’t have any Grand Cru vineyards to its name, its limestone-rich soils produce some exquisite Pinot Noir.

The wines of Volnay

This village crafts the finest Pinot Noir in the Côte de Beaune, despite not having any Grands Crus. Sitting higher up the slope from Pommard, there is more limestone in the soil, generally giving more delicate and fine-boned wines, however you’ll find everything from Chambolle-esque pretty and perfumed through to rich and structured styles reminiscent of Pommard. The best Premiers Crus – Clos des Chênes, Taillepieds, Caillerets, Champans and Santenots – sit at the southern end of the village. Top producers include Marquis d’Angerville (and their famed monopole Clos des Ducs), Michel Lafarge, Yvon Clerget and Domaine de Montille. The historic Domaine de la Pousse d’Or is a collector’s favourite – especially for vintages made under Gérard Potel (1964 to 1997).

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