Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Domaine Jean-Marc et Thomas BOULEY (Volnay) -- 2015 Tasted from Cask and Tank Samples

As I’ve indicated in reviews in the preceding years, Thomas Bouley has taken this estate to the exalted level of thes first division in Volnay, alongside such iconic names as Lafarge and d’Angerville. 

Notable here is a new cuverie complete with a beautiful tasting room above that looks out over the town of Volnay and many of its vineyards below (the cellar is up at the top of Volnay). 

Harvesting began with the Caillerets on 4 September and then moved to the rest of the vineyards. Overall yields were about 20-24 hl/ha, roughly the same as 2014. There was no hydric stress in the vineyards and the naturally low yields gave the great concentration, said Thomas. Malolactic fermentations finished at the beginning of 2016. The wines saw no SO2 until summer because Thomas thinks that SOretards the breathing of the wines. 

The estate follows lutte raisonnée in the vineyards (essentially, organic except where all other solutions don’t work).

We start with the whites: