2018 Domaine Jean-Marc Bouley Volnay Clos des Chenes Premier Cru
Ripe yet appealingly cool aromas are comprised by notes of red and dark raspberry, plum and violet. The impressively rich, powerful and muscular large-scaled flavors display evident minerality on the robust, serious and long finish. This is a classic Clos des Chênes that is built to reward long-term cellaring. Drink 2033+.
Allen Meadows - Burghound
The 2018 Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Chênes is showing well, unwinding in the glass with aromas of wild berries, plums, dark chocolate, potpourri and rich soil tones. Medium to full-bodied, layered and muscular, with a deep, tightly wound core that's built around succulent acids and fine, powdery tannins, this will reward a decade's patience. Drink 2028 - 2055.
William Kelley - Wine Advocate (Sep 2021)
The 2018 Volnay Clos des Chênes 1er Cru comes from 45- to 65-year-old vines in a more exposed location than the Les Carelles, at 300m altitude. This year it includes 40% whole cluster. It has more complexity and precision on the nose by comparison with the Les Carelles, featuring lovely raspberry and wild strawberry fruit laced with crushed stone aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins. A finely tuned, precise Volnay with superb precision on the finish. This comes highly recommended. Drink 2022 - 2045.
Neal Martin - Vinous
Dense purple centre. A high-class nose, albeit quite discreet at first. Thomas felt that his Clos des Chênes used to be on the massive side before he tamed it with some whole bunch vinification. This has the most significant volume of fruit of all in the cellar, dark with the beginnings of some chocolate. Slightly dry tannins here but the fruit should win.
Jasper Morris - Inside Burgundy