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Bitouzet-Prieur Volnay 1er Cru Pitures 2017

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Vincent Bitouzet has been in partnership with famed importer Neil Rosenthal for over 30 years, bringing classic, old-school Burgundy to wine lovers in the U.S. His great-great-grandfather established the domaine, and when Vincent married Anne Prieur she brought along her own family history of winemaking along with significant vineyard holdings. Today the domaine is about 12 hectares in Volnay and Meursault.

All of the Bitouzet-Prieur vineyards are farmed organically. Copper is kept to a minimum and sexual confusion is employed to reduce insect infestations. winemaking is very traditional, native yeast fermentation and aging in mostly used barrique.

Professional Reviews


BH 91
"A relatively high-toned nose flashes notes of various red berries, rose petal and earth hints though once again there is a background touch of reduction that should dissipate with age. The mouth feel of the medium-bodied and muscular flavors is again nicely sleek with good detail and power both present on the stony, long and balanced youthfully austere finale where a touch of wood appears."

Antonio Galloni

AG 90
"The 2017 Volnay Les Pitures ler Cru has a lively floral bouquet, but there is some VA here that blurs the edges, and some underripeness. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins and lightly spiced, tart red fruit. White pepper and clove appear toward the finish, which tapers slightly and feels rather bitter. Still, this should give a decade's worth of drinking pleasure." -Vinous

Wine Enthusiast

WE 94
"Subtle, almost cooling smoke spreads over the red-fruited aromas of this wine. The same subtle game is played on the slender, smooth but toned body, where tart red cherry and berry bathe in distant woodsmoke. Concentration is there but unobtrusive: this wine glides like silk."

What importer Rosenthal Wine Merchant has to say about this wine...

Although it hails from a lesser-known site than some of the domaine’s other wines, François always serves his Pitures last in the lineup, and for good reason: this cuvée offers the sternest, firmest, most elemental sense of structure of all the Volnay premier crus in the cellar. Situated near the Pommard border and adjacent to the fabled Clos des Ducs vineyard, Pitures expresses the broad, sanguine fruit more typically associated with Pommard, although a profound Volnay-esque sense of elegance permeates it as well. Bitouzet’s vines here were planted between 1959 and 1974 and encompass just shy of a hectare.


  • Grape Variety

    Pinot Noir

  • Vintage


  • Size


  • Farming Practice


  • Style

    Earthy , Minerally

  • Sweetness


  • Body

    Light Bodied

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