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Volnay Santenots Nicolas Rossignol 2008 (750ML)

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A portion of Rossignol’s 2008 Volnay Santenots was still in malo, and he subsequently elected to bottle it late, separately, and with a designation not yet determined as of the publication of this report. The blend that will constitute Rossignol’s principal bottling benefitted from a good shaking-off of CO2. Ripe cherry and plum mingled with soy, fruit pits, and chalk inform a firm palate and although the fairly stiff finishing tannins are no doubt exacerbated by the wine’s unfinished state, I strongly suspect that they are to some extent there to stay, as a legacy of hail. Still, this exhibits such sheer stamina and grip that one can’t help but be impressed. Time will tell - but I would not go making plans to cellar this without assessing the finished wine.