More Vintages and Sizes of Comtes Lafon - Volnay Santenots du Milieu 1er Cru:
Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: Issue 30
(from 40+ year old vines planted in shallow, high clay content soil sitting on a bed of solid rock) No review available
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Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 137
($130) Bright ruby-red. Pristine, fruit-driven aromas of blackberry liqueur, black and red cherry and violet. A Volnay of compelling density, sweetness and power but at the same time brilliantly detailed and firmly structured. Great verve here. Finishes extremely long and perfumed, with a medicinal reserve and a piquant element of black pepper. Lafon notes that his 2005s have pHs in the low 3.3 range. A wine like this one should gain in complexity for at least 15 to 20 years in a cold cellar.
Author: Jancis Robinson
Notably dark, even brooding-looking. Quite paky but very concentrated fruit so I'm sure this is just a temporary barrel effect. Pure and straight with a lovely clear-cut precision about it ? very pure Lafon style even if richer fruit than most. A palate scrubber.
Author: David Schildknecht
The last seven barrels of 2005 Volnay Santenots du Milieu had only finished malo the week before I visited (mid February), at which point the wine was immediately assembled. Leading with sweet cherry, lily and nutmeg aromas this makes a very serious case for itself on the palate, with bright black fruits allied to soy, fresh red meat, deep, low-toned chocolate and stony minerality. Flattering in its creaminess of texture, with ample tannins folded into its generous fruit, it finishes richly with sweet cherry having the final say. As Lafon puts it, the Champans is earthier and the Santenots sleeker and more elegant.
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/21/2013
Drink Dates: 2015+
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