Happy April Fools Day! No, I'm not joking on this post, but at least it's the first Saturday of the month, which means it's Cellar Saturday! That fun day when I open a bottle that's at least a decade old that's been waiting to be tried. Today was a day of spreading mulch around the yard, so full of earthy aromas, which means it's probably appropriate to enjoy a nice earthy pinot noir from Burgundy tonight! And for this Cellar Saturday, I've opened a bottle of 2007 Louis Boillot Volnay 1er Cru from Clos de la Chapelle, one of the 30 premier crus from Volnay. I believe I may have received this wine as a gift from my boss, so let's see how it tastes!
The wine is very light in color, almost appearing like a rose. The nose is a lovely combination of bright red berries, floral notes and a heaping helping of earthy goodness. The taste is interesting, as you have a good bit of ripe red fruit, raspberry, cherry, mulberry, that has a nice balance of acidity, before you transition to some wonderful earthy mineral notes. The finish is quite dry but very elegant, with a reprise of mild acidity from the very well integrated tannins.
Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 8, it's a very nice Burgundy, but unfortunately I'm not the biggest fan of pinot noir. This wine would be fantastic with lamb, mushroom risotto or about any hearty, earthy dish. Tonight I am enjoying this with some classic comfort food, stuffed cabbage! I used to love my mom's stuffed cabbage, but I put on a little twist simmering it with some arrabiata sauce and top with a bit of shaved parmesan. Cheers!