2005 Comtes Lafon - Volnay Les Champans 1er Cru 750ml

France - Burgundy - Cote de Beaune - Volnay | Premier Cru/ Red / Pinot Noir
2005 Comtes Lafon - Volnay Les Champans 1er Cru
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International Wine Cellar | 90+

($130) Deep ruby-red. High-toned, slightly resiny nose hints at superripe cherry and oak, with complicating notes of shoe polish and licorice. Powerful, chewy and deep, with a slightly medicinal quality and a bit less early personality and obvious sweetness than the Clos des Chenes. This big but youthfully closed wine finishes with building tannins.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 137

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Dominique Lafon has an unwavering loyalty to traditional winemaking, but the flexibility to know when and where progressive techniques are warranted. The vineyards are biodynamic, and wines are barrel fermented, and bottled nearly two years after harvest. Comtes Lafon has one of the deepest, coldest cellars in Burgundy and this has a most positive effect upon the stellar quality of the wines, as it allows for very lengthy, complete fermentations and aging. The result is wines that are made to last and enjoy over decades. As Clive Coates so succinctly states, "[this is] one of the few indisputably three-star white wine estates in Burgundy." Lafon specializes in Premier Cru Meursault and Volnay Pinot Noir.

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