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: Neal Martin
Having tasted this three or four times in the past, I probably have under-rated this wine because it is such a long-term proposition. The 2005 Volnay Santenot has a dense, almost impenetrable bouquet that demands considerable aeration to unveil its multi-layered aromatic profile of creme de cassis, raspberry, blackberry and a veneer of new oak that needs several more years to be fully absorbed (indeed, it feels like more than the one-third new oak that Dominique uses). The palate is full-bodied with a sweet, succulent entry. It is beautifully balanced, vivacious and sensual with a dab of alcohol on the finish. It is far too young to broach at the moment, but it will develop with style over the next three decades. Drink 2018-2035. Tasted September 2013.
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/21/2013
Drink Dates: 2015+
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