Domaine Darviot-Perrin, Volnay Santenots 1er Cru 1999

Darviot Perrin Volnay Santenots 1999

Immature cherry red color.  Plump, firm, rich nose: red and black fruit, violet, sassafras, celery, wet stone and mineral.  Concentrated, rangy and full on the palate, with touches of ripened green flavors: red chard, beefsteak tomato, beetroot, montmorency cherry, blackberry.  A tangy citric acidity with good grip.  Still some tannin to resolve but the tannins are sophisticated and nicely ripe.  A vigorous Volnay, a bit masculine in style.  Structured, with good purity and balance.  For Barb this is straight-down-the-middle Volnay Santenots.  I see her point and it’s not that it lacks character or flair: it’s just all so very primary, with the nuances of maturity still a ways off (like so many ’99s).  But this will still improve; we think its peak years will be at age twenty+. Very good for now and shaping up to be a fine bottle of wine.   Now – 2025.

Darviot Perrin Volnay Santenots 1999 #1

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