This venerable fifth-generation domaine has holdings in the top vineyards of both Volnay and Pommard. Son-in-law Jean Pierre Charlot is now the managing director. He worked closely with Joseph Voillot from 1980 until Joseph’s retirement in 1995. For many years, Jean Pierre was a professor at the Lycée Viticole in Beaune, where he taught several of Burgundy’s rising stars. He’s a meticulous man, and what interests him is handling the challenging years when the vineyard work, triage at harvest, and careful cellar practices really pay off. It’s immediately evident when tasting through the domaine’s range that these are true “vins de terroir” (thus the judicious use of new oak), and each wine at every level reflects its origin. Anyone who wants to grasp the essence of Volnay and Pommard needs to look no further than Domaine Joseph Voillot.
.62 acre whose vines date from 1959. This parcel is located entirely in Rugiens en bas. This vineyard is up for a vote on becoming Grand Cru. Jean-Pierre says that there is really no point to make it Grand Cru, “if it becomes Grand Cru, it is still the same wine in the bottle, you just pay more!”
Review Score: 93 points
Review Score: 92-94