1959 Volnay - Côte de Beaune

| Volnay | 1959 | Arthur Barolet et Fils

1959 Volnay by Arthur Barolet : The vintage label for this bottle was missing unfortunately, but it comes from a cellar where we bought several bottles and this was kept in the same alcove as the other bottles which still had their 1959 vintage slip so we were quite sure this also was a 1959. Dr Arthur Barolet is somewhat a legend among producers, especially known for selecting and producing his wines with incredible ageing potential. After having tasted this wine, I see where he got his reputation from.
The color of the wine is very dark tuilé, brick red, no light transparent fluid here as you might expect for an old pinot noir. To pick up the smell there’s even no need to whirl the wine around in the glass, the aroma’s just rise up so overpowering and concentrated it’s a real joy. Unbelievably there’s still lots fruit left, brambles, cherry jam and dark plum compote accompanied by soft woody tones of cedar and cigarbox, gentle spices, a floral undertone (violets) and to add to the complexity lots of forest notes as well. Simply stunning, on the palate this has that same complexity, it’s a tsunami of concentrated warmth with completely softened tannins and perhaps just a tad lacking in acidity. It’s full throttle power but still somehow managing to remain delicate and soft with a very supple but ever so long finish. This is the Olympic gymnast of wines : all the power and muscle you can manage but still light on its feet, delicate and with tons of souplesse.
Ok, perhaps having this wine with the sausage roll is like Petrus with your cheeseburger, but it will always be a moment to remember.

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