2019 Domaine Jean-Marc et Thomas Bouley Volnay
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2019 Domaine Jean-Marc et Thomas Bouley Volnay

Burgundy, FRANCE
$165. 00
$1980.00 Dozen
ABV: 13%
Closure: Cork

Thomas Bouley is very much the insiders secret, more famous with his fellow vignerons than with collectors chasing the next 'superstar' seen on social media. That Thomas resists putting his name on the front label of his wines (preferring to keep his father's) is typical of his humble and low key approach. Based in Volnay may also add to his relative anonymity, however we suspect this is changing rapidly as word gets out of just how spectacular his wines are, and of the continual improvement seen since he began working with his father in the early 2000's.

Meticulous attention to detail in both the vineyard and winery are notable here, and key to why Thomas is so highly regarded by his peers. Yields are moderate, and in the cellar whole cluster ferments are used more with his clay rich sites (Pommard Fremiers, Volnay Clos des Chenes), while those with thin white soils (Pommard Rugiens-Hauts, Volnay Caillerets) are largely destemmed. New oak use is minimal, and each wine spend two winters on fine lees before bottling.

Other Reviews....
Aromas of raspberries and plums mingled with hints of orange rind, sweet spices and forest floor introduce Bouley's 2019 Volnay Village, a medium to full-bodied, supple and seamless wine that's lively and penetrating, concluding with a long, saline finish. As I've written before, this cuvée blends the rich, clay soils of lieux-dits Poisots, Famines and Cros Martin with the thinner, whiter soils of Ez Blanches above the Clos de Chênes; but in 2019, the wine's tone is set by Ez Blanches, even if it only amounts to one-third of the blend. Drink 2025 - 2045.
91 points
William Kelley - Wine Advocate (Jan 2022)

The 2019 Volnay Village has wonderful precision on the nose with red berry fruit and light undergrowth scents. The palate is clean and precise, quite Pommard like in terms of structure, fanning out nicely and with confidence on the finish. Very fine. Drink 2024-2038.
90 points
Neal Martin - Vinous