Rare Back-Vintage d'Angerville: 1999 d'Angerville 1er Cru Fremiet

Posted by Ian McFadden

Rare Back-Vintage d'Angerville
1999 d'Angerville Volnay
1er Cru Fremiet

"Very pretty Volnay fruit and elegant, almost delicate lacy flavors yet with plenty of flavor authority and nice length." -Burghound

Burghound's note beautifully captures d'Angerville's wines.

They're supremely elegant, equal parts lace and velvet, and yet packed with concentration and resonance.

This begins to explain why while many producers in the Côte de Beaune play second fiddle to the powerhouses of their northern neighbors, Marquis d'Angerville is routinely and deservedly mentioned in the same breath with the Côte d’Or's greats.

D'Angerville's track record for aging also rivals the Côte d’Or's heavy hitters with bottles dating back to the 60s still young, fresh and compelling. This is why we're always on the hunt for back-vintage d'Angerville.

Today, I'm happy to present the latest find, 1999 d'Angerville 1er Cru Fremiet. The constant issue with d'Angerville is that there's never enough wine. There's only one other listing of 99 Fremiet in the U.S. and it's $25 more than it's on offer here.

1999 was a great Burgundy vintage, and over time the wines have only improved in stature. There's a power and a finesse to the wines that clearly mark them as special, as ageworthy.

D'Angerville's 99 collection is legendary. It also marks the last great vintage that Jacques d'Angerville saw into bottle. The domaine is now under Jacques' thoughtful and very able son, Guillaume.

The 1er Cru Fremiet borders Pommard and is located right next to d'Angerville's legendary monopole, Clos des Ducs. Fremiet possesses a sternness, a distinctive spine of minerality that's easiest described as a combination of earth and salinity. There's a clear Pommard element of density and muscle. Yet, there's also a florality to the wine, an energy and a definite Volnay lacy quality.

Fremiet also tends to drink a bit earlier than Ducs or Champans. At this point, the 1999 Fremiet is just starting to enter its "sweet spot." It should continue to cruise in this phase and gain complexity for a number of years.

The lovely aromatics of flowers, minerals and red fruits are just beginning to really shine. That lacy texture that Volnay (and particularly d'Angerville) is famous for is on display. Above all, the wine has grown more nuanced and deeply complex over time and will continue to do so.

We're always looking for back-vintage Burgundies from top producers. Each year it seems to grow more difficult to grab these wines in decent quantities. When it comes to a great vintage like 99 and a producer like d'Angerville, our advice is to jump on this.

To order, please email us at offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

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