Coche Dury Volnay 1er Cru, 2014, 750ML

SKU: 886793
Sub region: Volnay
Variety: Pinot Noir
Rating: Wine Advocate 90

The domaine farms nowadays around 9 hectares of vines of tiny parcels over 6 villages: Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet, Auxey-Duresses, Monthelie and Volnay. The Pommard plot was sold in 2012 to finance the acquisition of an extra parcel in Charlemagne that is planted in Pinot Noir and sold as Corton Rouge.

The domaine was founded only in 1975 with the marriage of Jean Francois Coche with Odile Dury, where vineyards of both side of the family were put together to start Domaine Coche-Dury. Before that Jean Francois has been farming vines since the age of 14, and was the 3rd generation of the family to grow grapes.

Since 2010 Jean-Francois has been retired and his son Raphael and daughter Charline took over the domaine operations. Among the changes they have made was the acquisition of a bottling line, a pneumatic press, and the vineyards are now ploughed.

Volnay 1er Cru

100% Pinot Noir. The fruit for the Volnay 1er Cru comes from Taillepieds (0.21ha) and Clos des Chênes (0.16ha), planted in 1989 and 1960 respectively.

In the cellar the whites are firmly crushed before pressed in a traditional Vaslin wooden press. In recent years the domaine acquired a pneumatic press. The reds are usually destemmed, but recent vintages (2018 onward) Raphael has been experimenting with 30-40% of whole cluster fermentations. The reds are light extracted as they want to keep the wines light in color and structure.

Both reds and whites are barrel fermented and barrel aged, and the amount of new oak is never over 25%. The ageing period varies between 15 and 22 months depending on the wine and vintage.