Volnay lies roughly in the centre of the Côte de Beaune, bordered by Pommard to the Northeast, Monthélie to the West and Meursault to the South. The south-easterly exposed vineyards produce only red wines and 26 Premiers Crus. The soil is extremely thin, chalky, high in calcium and yield the lightest most delicate wines. The strip below, where most of the Premiers Crus are located, is much lower in chalk with a thin iron rich layer covering a strong subsoil. The altitude of the vineyards goes from 230 to 370 meters. The Clos des Chênes, is next to Monthelie just above the Caillerets. The fermentation takes place in wooden vats for 3-4 weeks, after which they are aged in barrels for 15-18 months before being bottled. Nice aromas of red berries and violets, and some pepper. A young Volnay Clos des Chênes will be perfect with poultry or roasted meat.