In a word, terrific - 2011 d'Angerville Volnay 1er Cru Champans

Posted by Ian McFadden

2011 Sweet Spot
2011 d'Angerville
Volnay 1er Cru Champans

"In a word, terrific." -Burghound

We've penned so many emails on d'Angerville that I lost count a long time ago. And, if Guillaume d'Angerville continues to turn out such stunning wines, this isn't going to end anytime soon.

Keeping that in mind, I'm not going to belabor the point with this email. We don't have a ton of wine and this offer is going out to a small group of people who know the score with d'Angerville.

It is impossible not to mention that 2011 proved fantastic for all of the Côte de Beaune, and the wines coming out of Volnay are true standouts.

Even within this context, d'Angerville really excelled in 2011. Burghound's "terrific" is a nice, succinct way to sum it up. The slightly longer version is that the entire line-up here stands out for its harmony, clarity and overall fine-ness. This is the beating heart of this vintage's sweet spot.

D'Angerville's Champans is wine that I really love. I've had bottles over thirty years old that have been mind-blowing. Without a doubt, this is a distance runner bottling.

Volnay is known for producing wines with a suavely textured, silken elegance. Champans takes this and kicks the complexity up more than a few notches, delivering a deep iron minerality and incredible length. For all its power, Champans always remains beautifully detailed and finessed.

For me, d'Angerville's 2011 1er Cru Champans represents one of the high points of the 2011 Burgundy vintage. Not to be missed.

To order, reply to or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden
Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

Burghound: "A less elegant but every bit as complex nose demonstrates a distinctly different aromatic profile with a much earthier character to the spice, red pinot and mildly sauvage aromas. The intense and strikingly pure flavors ooze a fine and relatively discreet minerality, all wrapped in a tautly muscled, balanced and marvelously persistent finish. This harmonious effort is relatively fine by the standards of the terroir and this should amply reward mid to long-term cellaring. In a word, terrific."