Volnay 1er Cru "Clos des Chênes" 2000, Bitouzet-Prieur
I visited the Bitouzet-Prieur domaine in July 2009 and, along with ex-Cambridge blind-tasting team members, was blown away by the quality and charm of the Volnay wines. This 2000, bought from the domaine, is a stinking beast of a pinot. Imagine sniffing the arm pits of Henry V after the battle of Agincourt... very male and smelly. Compote of prunes, boudin noir, walnut and sage stuffing, violets, thyme and porto. Thick, pungent and heavy on the palate. Depth, seriousness and darkness. We're talking Camus and Sartre! The flavours are so strong, bloody and distilled its like drinking a nightmare. Essential to balance with a game bird -- smoked pigeon breast would be ideal. Scary.