An exploration of wine

109. Michel Prunier, Volnay 1er Cru Les Caillerets, 1997

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Book 1 Wine 109

£24; 13.5%

This followed up with a reassuring double for Burgundy, after the Chassagne-Montrachet white. An excellent example of very pleasant Pinot Noir harmony, but with the slightly ?minerally? robust “structure” I associate with Volnay. Rich deep colour. Initial ‘hit’ of strawberry giving way to more complex and deep aromas with lightly toasty oak. Very soft flavours and tannins initially that made the drinking nice, though the slight acidity on the finish meant that it didn’t match the rich Port and black cherry sauce of the duck dish it was served with (pity!).

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