Investment Tips - Burgundy - 16. June 2021

Investment In 2016 Marquis d'Angerville Clos Des Ducs

Invest in a classic Burgundy case with great untapped potential. The Volnay municipality has the potential for even more, and here, d'Angerville is at the top!

An Inseparable Pair

Marquis d'Angerville & Clos des Ducs are an inseparable pair in Burgundy. Just like the cohesion we know with Armand Rousseau & Chambertin, Comte Vögue & Musigny or Leflaive & Montrachet.

Marquis d'Angerville represents a strong investment case, with great potential. Indeed, the municipality of Volnay is attracting more and more attention these years and is very well about to have a major breakthrough. Marquis d'Angerville in particular, with its high level of commitment, has helped to raise the level of the entire municipality, and the wine from the Premier Cru Clos des Ducs has shown its great development potential over the decades.

Get a quick overview here and dive into the potential of both d'Angerville and Clos des Ducs below.

  • The best vineyard, from the best producer in Volnay
  • Extremely attractive pricing for a top wine in a top vintage
  • Fewer than 14,000 bottles per vintage
  • Volnay has not yet increased to the same price levels as the rest of the Côte de Nuits
  • Biodynamic since 2006 - following in the footsteps of the greats

Increasing Potential In Volnay - The Southern Equivalent Of Vosne-Romanée

The wine municipalities of Volnay and Pommard are just south of Beaune. Here, there are great wines that have not yet seen the same price increases as those seen north of the regional capital, namely in Nuits-Saint-Georges and Vosne-Romanée. This offers interesting potential in these two upcoming wine regions, which have proven in recent years to have both terroir and talented producers, who can and will compete on the international stage for rare and exclusive wines. Among these, we find Marquis d'Angerville, which has historically delivered high quality wines from some of the domain's exclusive vineyard holdings. At the same time, the best vineyard in this area has the potential to be upgraded to Grand Cru status these years, and if this happens, there is further potential upside to be gained from d'Angerville.

Clos des Ducs delivered in exclusive wooden cases of 6 - OWC6 Clos des Ducs delivered in exclusive wooden cases of 6 - OWC6

Meet The Marquise Of Volnay

Volnay and the Marquis d'Angerville are inextricably linked, and the family's history can be traced back several centuries.

Today, the Domaine is led by Guillaume d'Angerville, who took over in 2003 and has since been raising the quality of the vineyards with biodynamic cultivation. This with clear inspiration from family friends at Domaine Leroy and Domaine Leflaive - prominent friends who have undoubtedly provided inspiration, which has contributed to d'Angerville's strong development.

Before Guillaume took over, his father was in charge of the domain for 52 vintages, raising the level among the best in Burgundy. His abilities led him to be elected president of the Burgundy committee for no less than two times during this period. Jacques d'Angerville was a highly respected man, who knew how to work hard in the vineyards to produce distinctive wines.

Today, the family owns 16.5 hectares of vineyards classified up to the highest level in Volnay. At the absolute top, we find Clos des Ducs, which through d'Angerville presents majestic wines, with great ageing and storage potential.

Clos Des Ducs And The Clone Pinot d'Angerville

The absolute top wine from Marquis d'Angerville, which has a perfect location in Volnay. There are no Grand Cru vineyards in Volnay, but Clos des Ducs is considered to be the top level, and if Volnay gets a Grand Cru vineyard, it should be Clos des Ducs - something that has been talked about a lot in recent years.

2016 was a vintage affected by hard frosts in the spring. Clos des Ducs escaped the frost due to its higher elevation and has therefore enjoyed optimal growing conditions in a year of optimal conditions. Clos des Ducs is located at an altitude of 300-325 metres and the frost always settles down in the valley.

At Domaine d'Angerville, they work with their very own clone of Pinot Noir, called Pinot d'Angerville. This clone gives the wine the style that the family appreciates. The clone is selected from the oldest parcels of the family's vineyards and provides low yields but an eminent balance in the final wine. ¨

2016 Marquis d'Angerville Clos des Ducs - The Top of Volnay 2016 Marquis d'Angerville Clos des Ducs - The Top of Volnay

2016 - An Iconic Vintage In Burgundy

The 2016 vintage was affected by spring frosts, which generally reduced yields across the region and has reduced the supply of wine from an otherwise outstanding vintage. Indeed, the good weather during the growing season ensured high quality grapes.

Marquis d'Angerville lost a lot of fruit in its lower-lying vineyards, but was pleased with the quality of the fruit that did come in. Overall, d'Angerville lost 35% of production in the 2016 vintage.

Guillaume d'Angerville himself compares the vintage to the two iconic vintages 2009 and 2010: "I think the 2016 has the precision and cleanliness of 2010 and the body of 2009". There is no doubt, neither with d'Angerville, nor with the great critics that the wines from 2016 will develop over a long number of years.

Highly Limited Production, Solid Quality And Attractive Pricing

As so many times before, there is uncertainty about how much wine is produced on a given vineyard. This is very much due to the fact that many producers are still primarily farmers, rather than producers of upmarket luxury products. This can be supported by the fact that national distributors still receive handwritten invoices from time to time today, in 2021.

Still, we can track how many bottles of Clos des Ducs are produced under normal circumstances. According to Vinous, the 2017 vintage yielded 43 hl/ha at Clos des Ducs. And since we know that Clos des Ducs is a monopole, and therefore only d'Angerville produces wine here, we can conclude that under these conditions, less than 14,000 bottles were produced in the 2017 vintage - a vintage that is considered representative in terms of harvest yield.

Quality-wise, the 2016 Clos des Ducs is high, with comparable wines in the Premier Cru class, and even though d'Angerville has not overperformed in the 2016 vintage, it has delivered a solid vintage, which at the same time has the benefit of being a wine from the already legendary 2016 Burgundy vintage.

As a result, the 2016 vintage is in the good half of the last 10 vintages that have all been rated by Burghound, Wine Advocate and Vinous. Noteworthy is the Wine Advocate's score of 95, which in this perspective places it among the best presented.

BH: Burghound WA: Wine Advocate VI: Vinous AVG: Average

In addition, Clos des Ducs has an attractive pricing, which is probably largely attributable to the zip code where the wine comes from, rather than the isolated quality and caliber of the wine.

RareWine Invest’s Opinion

Clos des Ducs from Domaine Marquis d'Angerville is an exciting hybrid that carries good characteristics known from some of the colleagues in the region. On the one hand d'Angerville's monopole Clos des Ducs represents a very exclusive micro-production, as we know it from Vosne-Romanée and Gevrey-Chambertin. The quality is high when compared to wines of similar caliber and classification, and it is precisely this factor that places it very possibly in a border zone between the current Premier Cru classification and a possible Grand Cru classification. On top of this, the price range for this wine is quite different from what one might otherwise expect for a wine in this class, allowing an extremely large audience to enjoy the exclusivity of a small production that is otherwise often reserved for significantly more expensive wines.

If the trend continues as it has done in recent years in Volnay, this zip code may gain further interest and demand - something that in the past 10-15 years has made the zip codes on the opposite side of Beaune the hotspot for extremely expensive wines.

This is a classic Burgundy case, where you invest in a high degree of value-for-money, in a reputable monopole vineyard and a producer who is far from being done with being the leader of Volnay.

On top of all this, a small lottery coupon is included, consisting in the Clos des Ducs classification. Should Volnay get a Grand Cru classification, everything points to it being Clos des Ducs, and that will certainly bring even more attention to Volnay and d'Angerville.

Invest In 2016 Clos Des Ducs Of Domaine Marquis d’Angerville

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2016Clos des Ducs750OWC6€ 200
*All prices are in EUR ex. customs duty, tax, and VAT for delivery to a bonded warehouse. Prices including customs duty, tax and VAT can be sent on request. The wines are only sold in whole cases unless otherwise specified and the price is per bottle. Minimum order size € 2,500. Assumes a total minimum investment of € 10,000. Prices may have changed since release of this article. Reservations are made for errors.

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