Clerc’s Volnay AOC expresses the appellation’s unique trait: aromatic and expressively fruity Pinot Noirs that are not accompanied by a pronounced tannic structure and so are accessible when young. The vines average 65 years of age and are located on the lower third of the Volnay slope, below the 1er Crus. The grapes are hand-picked, carefully sorted, and given two days of pre-fermentation cold maceration. The alcoholic fermentation begins with the aid of only native yeasts and lasts for three weeks with several delicate pumping-over operations. The goal is to extract only supple and pure fruit flavors and aromas, while avoiding harsh elements. The wine is then aged in casks (15% new, with the rest between one and three year old) for 14 months. It is bottled in February without fining or filtration. The bottling date is selected according the lunar calendar, at the moment of the waning moon, which naturally clarifies the wine. Aromatic, fruity, fresh and elegant wine with aromas and flavors of violets, dark cherry and plums.
About the Producer
Originally located on the main square in Puligny-Montrachet, the Clerc estate dates back to the 16th century. Upon his retirement in 2002, Bernard Clerc placed Vincent Girardin in charge of his vineyards and winemaking. He was eventually replaced by the talented Eric Germain. The domaine's 11 hectares of vineyards are centered around Puligny-Montrachet and include three Grands Crus.
Farming practices: The vineyards are farmed biodynamically. The vines are trained high to enhance photosynthesis.
Eric Germain, winemaker