From a single vineyard at the very top of the hill of Volnay at roughly 1000 feet elevation, above the village demarcation. Full south facing, always later picked, this has both density of ripe fruit with a brightness that the upper slope coolness and rockiness allow for. In substance for the money, a knockout.
2013 Thomas et Jean Marc Bouley Hautes Cotes de Beaune
“The 2013 Hautes Cotes de Beaune had just finished its malolactic fermentation and was just taken from stainless steel tank. It has a much deeper and rounded bouquet on the nose with generous red cherry and fresh strawberry aromas- much more intense than the Bourgogne rouge. The palate is very well balanced with good terroir expression (this comes from a particularly red, rocky soil at an altitude of around 350 meters). Picked on October 10, there is plenty of freshness here, impressive fruit concentration and basically, you cannot go wrong guessing the reasonable price this will surely be tagged at. This comes highly recommended. 88-89 points. Anticipated maturity: :2016-2020.” Neil Martin
May ’15 arrival.