is a village appellation in the Côte de Beaune (the southern part of the Côte d'Or). It comprises 30 climats (vineyard sites) classified premier cru, including Pitures-Dessus, Lassolle, Clos des Ducs, Clos de l'Audignac, Clos de la Chapelle, Clos du Château des Ducs, Clos de la Rougeotte, Clos de la Barre, Clos de la Bousse d'Or, Les Brouillards, La Gigotte, Le Ronceret, Champans, Les Caillerets, Clos du Verseuil, and Clos des Chênes. Volnay
and Volnay Premier Cru
are strictly limited to the village of Volnay.
Bordered by Pommard to the north and Meursault to the south, the vineyards of Volnay face southeast and sit between 230 and 280 meters (755 and 919 feet) above sea level. Leaning back onto the hill of Chaignot, they enjoy white Upper Jurassic limestone soils enriched by red ferruginous components on the upper slopes and bands of schist in the lower vineyards.
Volnay is a red wine made from Pinot Noir, Burgundy's flagship black grape. This distinctive wine is delicate, sappy, and velvety, giving an overall impression of femininity. Some of the best Volnays are made by Domaine Roger Belland, Domaine Leroy, Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils, and Domaine Faiveley.