Comtes Lafon Volnay 1er Cru Santenots du Milieu 2018 Bottle size: 750ml

France, Burgundy
R2,500
In stock
(Only 5 left)
94
DEC
New
'Generally the biggest and boldest of Dominique Lafon's line up of Volnays, sourced from a 3.9ha vineyard in the commune of Meursault that produced 49 barrels of wine in 2018. Focused, taut and layered, it has fine, scented one-third new oak, plenty of minerality and freshness and layers of black cherry, plum and raspberry fruit topped by pepper spice. Drinking Window 2028 - 2038.' – Tim Atkin MW, Decanter, 94/100 (Oct 2018)

'A markedly riper yet agreeably fresh and spicy nose somewhat grudgingly reveals its aromas of cool and pure black currant and dark cherry that are trimmed in pretty floral nuances. The middle weight flavors exhibit excellent energy and concentration while retaining a lovely sense of refinement on the powerful, focused and impressively long and slightly warm finish that is shaped by firm but fine tannins. This excellent effort should age gracefully for years. Drink 2033+.' – Allen Meadows, Burghound.com, 93/100 (Jun 2020)

'The 2018 Volnay Les Santenots-du-Milieu 1er Cru has a high-toned and quite opulent bouquet, very seductive and vibrant, delivering copious dark cherries, blueberry and touches of bilberry. The palate is velvety-smooth with a fine bead of acidity, very harmonious and voluminous. It feels very dense toward the finish and though it lacks the elegance of the 2017 and 2019, it has the legs to last 20–30 years. Drink 2025-2045.' – Neal Martin, Vinous, 93/100 (Dec 2020)

'Lafon's finest red this year is, as usual, the 2018 Volnay 1er Cru Les Santenots-du-Milieu, a wine that combines the finesse of the Clos des Chênes with the power and depth of the Champans. Exhibiting a complex bouquet of cherries, smoky wild berries, rich soil tones, violets and dark chocolate, it's medium to full-bodied, lively and concentrated, with refined tannins and a sense of controlled power.' – William Kelley, Wine Advocate, 92-94+/100 (Jan 2020)

'Quite an evolved, savoury nose. Deep and rich on the nose. But just a bit tart and lacking on the palate. Not a good moment to show this wine? Seems a bit hollow. And raw. Drink 2028-2040.' – Jancis Robinson, JancisRobinson.com, 16/20 (Oct 2020)
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Condition New
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Pinot Noir
Rating DEC 94
Producer information Domaine des Comtes Lafon built its legendary reputation on white wines. Best known as the namesake, director, and winemaker of one of the great estates of Meursault, Dominique is a descendant of Jules Lafon, who created the revered wine festival, La Paulée. Established early in the 20th century, the estate was based in Meursault originally. Thereafter, the family acquired parcels of Montrachet as well as three of the best vineyards in Volnay. After taking over the family domaine in the 80s, Dominique revitalised its red and white winemaking approach. In 1999, Dominique decided to extend the vineyard holdings to the Mâconnais appellation which now comprises of 21 ha known as Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon.
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