Roblet-Monnot

Volnay Saint François

Region: France - Burgundy

Roblet-Monnot

Pascal Roblet can trace his roots in Volnay to the 1600’s on his mother’s side and four generations on his father’s side. All of Domaine Roblet-Monnot’s holdings are in Volnay, 15 acres. Pascal’s conversion to biodynamic viticulture in 1997 along with his high density planting and very low yields, roughly 2.5 tons per acre, are part of what has transformed his domaine into one of the leading sources of wine from these communes.

 

Pascal’s red wines see no fining or filtration. He rarely uses pigeage, cap punchdowns, perhaps one or two times per vintage, to create an infusion of flavor rather than flavor extraction. Long maturation in barrel naturally clarifies the wines. Minimal if any sulfites are added just before racking and bottling.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

Volnay lieu dits Bouchères, Sur Roche, Buttes, Famines, Poison, Pasquiers, and 1er Cru Robardelle.

  • St. François is a proprietary name. Pascal Roblet’s father was named François.
  • Vineyard Area: 2.47 acres/1 ha in production (3.46 acres/1.4 ha total area)
  • Soils: Varied types across the Volnay slopes
  • Vine Age: avg 43 years
  • Rootstock: 161-49, 5 BB, 101-14 MG
  • Vine Planting Density: 11700/ha
Harvest Notes
  • Each plot vinifed separately
  • Destemming ranges from 100% whole cluster pressed to 100% destemmed
  • Aged 26 months in 10% new French oak barrels
  • Bottled unfiltered
Wine Summary

100% massale selection Pinot Noir; Volnay lieu dits Bouchères, Sur Roche, Buttes, Famines, Poison, Pasquiers, and 1er Cru Robardelle; each plot vinified separately, from 100% whole cluster pressed to 100% destemmed; aged 26 months in 10% new French oak barrels; bottled unfiltered; named in honor of Pascal Roblet’s father, François.

Technical Information
  • 100% massale selection Pinot Noir
  • Alcohol: 13%

Reviews

90 Points

The 2015 Volnay Saint-François is a blend of several parcels that include Premier Crus, aged in 15% new oak. It has a dark cherry and raspberry scented bouquet, a little confectionary shop in style. The palate has plenty of sappy red fruit with hints of spice and oregano, quite structured on the finish and perhaps the Premier Cru fruit lending more weight than expected. This is thoroughly enjoyable.

Vinous, July, 2018

General Info

Country France
Region Burgundy
Appellation(s) Volnay, Pommard + others
Proprietors Pascal Roblet
Founded 1998
Winemaker Pascal Roblet
Annual Production 1,400 9L cases
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Biodynamic