The appellations produced by Domaine François Buffet

Domaine François Volnay's vineyards at Volnay in Burgundy (in the Côte d'Or department of France) cover more than eight hectares (20 acres) and 15 appellations are made there, mainly from grapes grown on land which is part of the villages of Volnay and Pommard, but also on land attached to the villages of Savigny-lès-Beaune and Pernand-Vergelesses.

The Domaine breaks down as follows :

  • Volnay.
  • Volnay 1° cru Champans.
  • Volnay 1er Cru Clos de la Rougeotte.
  • Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Chênes.
  • Volnay 1er Cru Carelle sous la Chapelle.
  • Volnay 1er Cru Taillepieds.
  • Volnay 1er Cru Le Village.
  • Pommard.
  • Pommard 1° Cru Les Rugiens.
  • Pommard 1er Cru Les Poutures.
  • Pommard 1er Cru Clos Micot.
  • Savigny 1° Cru Les Narbantons.
  • Pernand 1° Cru Les Vergelesses.
  • Burgundy Rouge Pinot Noir.
  • Burgundy Aligoté Climat (small parcel) Les Fâts in Pommard

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Our Volnay wines are made exclusively using Pinot Noir grapes and always have strong tannins, which both makes them supple and means that they can be kept for long periods before drinking. They marry well with roasts, white meats, poultry and they also accompany cheese marvellously.

› Volnay

Our Volnay "Village" is a terroir wine of great distinction, with a soft fleshiness and consistency endowed with legendary suppleness.

› Volnay 1er cru Le village

The vine used to make this wine is located in the centre of the village, in a very sheltered location, which creates a micro-climate.

It is eight years old, and thus is still young, which means that it produces a fine and silky wine, with delicate tannins, everything that a full-bodied wine is not. This cru is enjoyed by people who like velvety wines.

› Volnay 1er cru Carelle sous la Chapelle

This small parcel, thanks the high level of brown limestone in the soil there, produces very round wines, which sometimes have overtones which are remarkably bouquet-like.

› Volnay 1er cru Les Champans

This cru is from a really great terroir. There is a lot of silt and many pebbles in the soil here, and they confer upon this wine a great delicacy and a noble texture.

› Volnay 1er cru Clos des Chênes

This wine comes from a terroir with a south-east aspect and a very steep slope. This gives rise to a very powerful wine, whose liveliness brings out the best from its red fruit flavours. A wine which can be kept for a very long time.

› Volnay 1er cru Taillepieds

A terroir which is rich in clay, which results in this wine having a very bright colour, a smooth texture and a delicate minerality.

This wine must be left to age for a few years.

› Volnay 1er cru Clos de la Rougeotte monopole

This wine comes from a vine which is niched in the village, surrounded by high walls, a marly terroir rich in clay content, which means that this wine always has a bright colour.

It is a very delicate and a very subtle wine.



Pommard wines are made exclusively from Pinot Noir grapes and are powerful and full-bodied in the mouth. They can be kept for a great number of years. Their initial chewiness softens with age into tannins which create a persistent finish in the mouth. They are perfect with legs of meat, meat accompanied by sauce and game, and of course cheese, naturally.

› Pommard

This is a wine which often has a ruby red colour; it also has a prominent texture and an exquisite viscosity.

Wine which keeps well.

› Pommard 1er cru Clos Micot

This cru is a Pommard which has a rather supple attack in relation to other crus from the village. Its attack is generous and elegant, and often velvety.

Black fruit and slightly spicy overtones.

› Pommard 1er cru Les Poutures

A very richly-flavoured wine with delicate ruby tinges. The nose is very complex and combines undergrowth flavours, even mushroom flavours.

Sometimes hints of liquorice can be discerned.

› Pommard Les Rugiens

This is a masterly 1er Cru of Pommard. It always has a very bright ruby red colour.

Its nose is a happy mix of hints that are sometimes floral and sometimes more fruity. Always pleasant and very full-bodied.

Indisputably a great wine which can be kept for many years.



› Savigny les Beaune 1er cru Les Narbantons

The main characteristic of this wine is that it is elegant and very delicate. Its tannins are very velvety and its bouquet is the quintessence of the Pinot Noir grape variety - red fruit.

It marries extraordinarily well with white meats.



› Pernand Vergelesses 1er cru Les Vergelesses

This vine, which is more than 30 years old, produces a wine with tannins which are both powerful and silky.

It has a remarkably long finish. Its bouquet is a subtle combination of red fruits and slightly spicy overtones.

Wine which keeps very well.



› Burgundy aligoté

This is a regional white wine appellation. The vineyard is located overlooking the village of Pommard and the soil there is made up of limestone scree. The fact that the vineyard is not located on flat land - like the land used to grow most Aligoté grapes - means that the wine has a certain minerality, as well as being fruity.

It should be drunk young and is perfect for making kir (a cocktail consisting of a measure of crème de cassis (blackcurrant liqueur) topped up with white wine made from Aligoté grapes) and is a treat when it accompanies shellfish, fish and Raclette (a Swiss dish based on heating the cheese and scraping off (racler) the melted part). It must be served chilled. It is a very thirst-quenching wine.

› Burgundy Pinot noir

Lower alcohol content than our crus. It is a wine which should be drunk rather young. It is very fruity, and is also made exclusively from Pinot Noir grapes.

It is always very supple and very pleasant.

Can be kept for five or six years.

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Characteristics of our wines

› 2015

Magistral vintage: it is the apotheosis of pinot noir in all its complexity.
Deep ruby color, racy and harmonious wine revealing aromas of floral scents.
Wine of great guard.

› 2014

Superb ruby color, nice concentration in the mouth, with tannins that have intensified this year. Wait if you like more supple wines.

› 2013

Très fruité avec des arômes de fruits rouges fraichement cueillis. Belle structure de tannins soyeux.

Tout en finesse. Bonne garde.

› 2012

An extremely-rare and excellent vintage.

It charms you with its wonderfully corpulent fleshiness, its aromatic basis of delicate floral scents, and its perfect maturity, which means that it has the potential to age extremely well.

› 2011

2011 was a remarkable vintage, thanks to ideal weather, giving rise to a growth cycle which enabled all the richness and complexity of our terroirs to come through in the wines we made that year.

Our 2011 wines are very stylish and silky. They should be allowed to age until at least 2014 before they are drunk. Wines which should age very well.

› 2010

Words that could be used to describe this vintage: charming, elegant, delicate, fresh, concentration, remarkably well-balanced.

The words we have used to describe our 2010 vintage are the consequence of a small harvest, which resulted in very pure wines that are very complex in terms of flavours.

The wines' harmonious structure means that they can be drunk now. Otherwise, of course they will age well.

› 2009

This vintage is an exceptional one. The wines are a lovely ruby red colour. They are powerful and well-balanced and these two characteristics combine to make them wonderfully well-balanced. The wines' gustatory basis and power are very noticeable. Wines in this vintage with smooth tannins can potentially be kept for very many years. They have a very long finish in the mouth. Lastly, their flavours are enchanting. You can start drinking our 2009 wines now.

› 2008

This is a great vintage. Our 2008 wines have an intense ruby red colour, and are both very round and very powerful. Their flavours are an enchantment in the mouth. They are a promise of voluptuousness.

They have a very long finish in the mouth.

They can be drunk straight away or be left to age.

› 2007

Our 2007 vintage wines are a carmine red colour, they are very delicate and extremely fruity.

Morello cherry flavours are very much in evidence.

The roundness of our 2007 wines means that they are "lace-like" and very elegant wines. Perfect for drinking now.

› 2006

These wines are more tannic than our 2007 wines and they have an elegant ruby red colour.

They are already supple and they feature floral fragrances.

You can drink them now.

These wines can be kept for many years.


To find out the prices of our old wines and our great vintages, do not hesitate to contact us
by calling us on +33 (0) 380 216 274.


Business reg. (SIRET) number: 316 503 317 00018 - 7, Place de l’Eglise, 21190 Volnay, Burgundy, France - Tel.: +33 (0) 380 216 274

At Volnay, in the Côte d'Or department in Burgundy, the Buffet family will be delighted to welcome you onto its wine estate and talk to you about the various wines and appellations it makes.