Mitans’ derives from the old French for centre, and fittingly, this Cru lies at the foot of the slope (just beneath the village proper) at the heart of the appellation. The parcel in play is close to the Volnay 1er Cru Clos de la Barre and the soil here is fine clay shot through with limestone. The vines are, on average, 50 years old.
The wine from here is often less tannic than some others from Volnay, in fact Les Mitans is considered one of the most elegant, cerebral expressions of Volnay—even though Leroux delivers a wine of real depth and intensity. A light touch of whole bunches (10%) adds some lift to a captivatingly perfumed and pure-fruited Volnay that has both flesh and freshness.
“Aromas of raspberries and cherries mingle with rose petals, violets and raw cocoa in a fragrant bouquet, introducing the 2018 Volnay 1er Cru Les Mitans, a medium to full-bodied, supple and inviting wine that's ripe but succulent, built around melting tannins and juicy acids. This is a charming, front-loaded Mitans that will offer a wide drinking window.” 90-92 points, William Kelley, The Wine Advocate