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2017 Domaine Jean-Marc Bouley, Volnay Premier Cru, Carelles

Vinous

88-90

Burghound

90-92

CellarTracker

92
Regular price $130
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2017 Domaine Jean-Marc Bouley, Volnay Premier Cru, Carelles

Vinous

88-90

Burghound

90-92

CellarTracker

92
Regular price $130
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Jean-Marc Bouley had started his own domaine name in 1974, and later added the family vines to his holdings a decade later. Thomas has managed the cellars since 2012, and the quality of the wines has proven to exceed that of his predecessors with his keen eye in the vineyard and cellar.

Domaine Jean-Marc Bouley

Like so many of our favorite producers, Thomas has focused on identifying the unique personality and composition of each of his 29 plots throughout Volnay, Pommard, Beaune and Meursault, and on the periphery of these appellations. You'd notice extreme vine health even from afar - the high-reaching shoots cascade freely, higher and more free-form than any surrounding vineyard. This has actually allowed the vines to gather more rays of sun, filling the vines with energy which befits his style - there is no green-harvesting and no fertilizer, so the vine produces more bunches but with smaller, more intensely-flavored berries. He does adhere to the biodynamic principles, and his wines feel justifiably energetic and alive. 

In the cellar, the elevage is not long - extending just into a second winter - with at least a small portion of new oak, with his top cuvées often receiving as much as 50% new barrels. At least a small percentage of the whole clusters are retained to add complexity and life to the wine. 

Meet the Producer

Domaine Jean-Marc Bouley

Jean-Marc Bouley had started his own domaine name in 1974, and later added the family vines to his holdings a decade later. Thomas has managed the cellars since 2012, and the quality of the wines has proven to exceed that of his predecessors with his keen eye in the vineyard and cellar.

Like so many of our favorite producers, Thomas has focused on identifying the unique personality and composition of each of his 29 plots throughout Volnay, Pommard, Beaune and Meursault, and on the periphery of these appellations. You'd notice extreme vine health even from afar - the high-reaching shoots cascade freely, higher and more free-form than any surrounding vineyard. This has actually allowed the vines to gather more rays of sun, filling the vines with energy which befits his style - there is no green-harvesting and no fertilizer, so the vine produces more bunches but with smaller, more intensely-flavored berries. He does adhere to the biodynamic principles, and his wines feel justifiably energetic and alive. 

In the cellar, the elevage is not long - extending just into a second winter - with at least a small portion of new oak, with his top cuvées often receiving as much as 50% new barrels. At least a small percentage of the whole clusters are retained to add complexity and life to the wine. 


Vinous

Vinous

88-90

The 2017 Volnay Les Carelles 1er Cru includes 10-15% whole bunches. The nose is missing the same drive and fruit concentration as the Les Caillerets. The palate is better with tart red cherry fruit mixed with crushed stone and a touch of balsamic, although I find that the Les Caillerets has more panache and density on the finish. I will be cautious with my score for now.

What the Critics are Saying

Vinous

Vinous

88-90

The 2017 Volnay Les Carelles 1er Cru includes 10-15% whole bunches. The nose is missing the same drive and fruit concentration as the Les Caillerets. The palate is better with tart red cherry fruit mixed with crushed stone and a touch of balsamic, although I find that the Les Caillerets has more panache and density on the finish. I will be cautious with my score for now.