Blain Gagnard Volnay 1er Cru Les Pitures 2020 - 750ml

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90pts Burghound

Opaque. Very ripe aromas of cassis and black cherry liqueur can be found on the expressive and fresh nose. In keeping with the nose, the mouthfeel of the medium weight flavors is opulent but punchy with an almost thick texture on the palate drenching, youthfully austere and bitter pit fruit-inflected finish. This is a big and chewy wine that will likely require most of a decade to arrive at its peak.

Winemaker Notes

Volnay is often described as silky and elegant but the wines can vary in style depending on the soil and elevation of the vineyard. They have a high percentage of limestone and show classic Volnay character of perfume and finesse. Les Pitures is robust and opulent with violet, plum, earth and a subtle spiciness. Aged in neutral oak barrels.


Red Burgundy might be the world’s most flexible food wine. The wine’s high acidity, medium body, medium alcohol, and low tannins make it very food-friendly. Red Burgundy, with its earthy and sometimes gamey character, is a classic partner to roasted game birds, grilled duck breast, and dishes that feature mushrooms, black truffles, or are rich in umami.