Known as the 'feminine' appellation of the Côte de Beaune for its elegant and silky wines, all Volnay wines are 100% Pinot Noir, containing a good amount of tannin to allow them to age well. It has shared its success with the variety available from its neighbours Pommard and Mersault, and similarly does not have Grand Cru class, however does have several 1er Cru. Certain Volnay vintages are best to be laid down, which have greater structure and are more powerful which can be best appreciated in 10 years, whilst some can be enjoyed younger with more elegant fruit flavours.
Typical characteristics of a young Volnay are silky textures with red fruit aromas, commonly associated with red cherries and strawberries. Other Volnay's are made to lay down, which will develop flavours of leather that have an incredibly seductive lingering capacity. The Buffet family have the oldest domaine in the heart of the village of Volnay dating back from 1692. Its now under the care of Francois Buffet, who produces a sophisticated Volnay wine in both 1er Cru and commune (Volnay) class.