The Bouley family has a long lineage in Burgundy, and after Pierrick Bouley took over for his parents, Rayane and Pascal, in 2014, he became a fifth-generation winemaker. A small Domaine tucked away in the village of Volnay, Bouley has 9 hectares, with the majority of the holdings being top sites in Volnay split between many small parcels with vines averaging 60 years old. Vineyards have been tended organically and biodynamically since 2003 with no official certification, which gives them more freedom to do what is best for the vineyards. Pierrick is an incredible young winemaker who prefers to "make his wine in the vineyard" with a hands-off style in the cellar, as we see from many great winemakers. This decision capitalizes on Volnays elegance and promotes the individual character of each vineyard, much like the wines of the great Michel Lafarge.
The Bourgogne Rouge here comes from vines located at the southeast portion of the Volnay hillside, where there are clay and limestone soils. One of the few producers that bottle a Bourgogne Rouge from village fruit, making this more exciting than your average Bourgogne Rouge. 2020 is an incredible classic year for this Cuvee, which, while it shows lovely red and dark fruits it, has the structure and acidity to age and should be sneaky good with some cellar time. This is a bottle of Bourgogne Rouge that touches village-level quality, making it one of the best buys of the vintage.
Tasting Note by Allen Meadows "A slightly more deeply pitched array of various dark berries, plum and earth leads to fleshy, plump and round flavors that retain good vibrancy while displaying hints of rusticity and austerity on the more complex and persistent finale. This is quite good for its level and worth checking out."