BY NEAL MARTIN | JULY 17, 2018
Domaine Bitouzet-Prieur farms 12 hectares around the village of Volnay and Meursault, including a clutch of serious Volnay premier crus. I tasted a small selection of 2016s that had been recently bottled with winemaker François Bitouzet, the son of Vincent Bitouzet and Anne Prieur. Bitouzet practices organic viticulture in the vineyard, de-stems his crop and never uses more than 20% new oak during élevage. These wines are well worth seeking out.
2016 Domaine Bitouzet-Prieur Volnay Les Aussy
The 2016 Volnay Les Aussy has a well defined bouquet, with shimmering cranberry and raspberry fruit. Fresh and lively on the entry, this Volnay is sappy in style with good volume for what is essentially a lesser-known village cru, with a nicely proportionally finish.
Score 88, Drinking Window 2019 – 2028
2016 Domaine Bitouzet-Prieur Volnay
The 2016 Volnay Village has a fragrant, earthy bouquet with fine lift. The palate is marked by light tannins for a Volnay, simple but balanced with soft red cherries on the tart finish. Enjoy this Volnay over the next five years.
Score 87. Drinking Window 2018 – 2023
2016 Domaine Bitouzet-Prieur Volnay Taillepieds 1er Cru
The 2016 Volnay Taillepieds 1er Cru offers raspberry, cranberry and a pinch of white pepper on the nose, then with further aeration a touch of black olive. The palate is ripe on the entry, quite linear in style with good acidity and harmony. The finish is pretty and Pommard-like in style insofar that it is a Volnay that is less opulent than many of its peers.
Score 91, Drinking Window 2020 – 2030
2016 Domaine Bitouzet-Prieur Volnay Clos des Chênes 1er Cru
The 2016 Volnay Clos des Chênese 1er Cru was suffering some bottle shock on the nose however, the palate bodes well with plenty of sappy red fruit struck through with a fine line of acidity. There is just a light sprinkle of spice on the chalky-textured finish that lingers nicely in the mouth. It will require a year or two to coalesce but I strongly suspect that it will turn into a fine Clos des Chênes.
Score 90+, Drinking Window 2020 – 2032