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1999 Domaine Ampeau Volnay Santenots Premier Cru
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by CabernetFranc381221
Last night I took a break from deep purple cabs and chose this Mersault Pinot. Surprisingly, I did not enjoy the nose of this wine so I took in my first sip with reticence. Somehow its taste did not track its fragrance... its age and complexity, perhaps??? The color was ruby red and the taste was smooth and raspberry-like... a good 4-star rating is due.
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by Dunlap11566729
Like so many Volnay Premieres -- elegant, classy, yet nothing special; no midpalate grip; shortish finish; more ethereal than substantial. (I'm rating this one relative to its pedigree, not relative to all wines in the known universe).


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The Cote de Beaune, which comprises the southern half of the Cote d'Or-- the limestone escarpment from which Burgundy's finest wines originate-- is the source of the most famous names in white Burgundy. It also produces outstanding red Burgundies (such as in Santenay and Volnay), even if Pinot Noir here rarely possess quite the stuffing, complexity, and longevity of...

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Pinot Noir

Adored by critics, prized by collectors, Pinot Noir is one of most tantalizing yet temperamental varietals in the world. For many wine enthusiasts, this is part of the appeal of Pinot -- it doesn't reveal its charms easily. Pinot Noir's virtue also stems from the unique characteristics of the grape. The skins are especially delicate, which accounts for the lighter color and body of finished wine. But, despite the delicacy, the best wines have excellent backbone and...
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