2004 Comtes Lafon - Volnay Santenots du Milieu 1er Cru 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

($73) Good bright, dark red. Primary aromas of blackberry, bitter chocolate and licorice. Very fresh and densely packed, with a ripe blueberry flavor and a lush texture for the vintage. This is fat with material and finishes strong, with dusty tannins mounting with aeration. I find this a bit finer than the 2001 was at the same stage, but Lafon says the 2001 is as good.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 131

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Burghound | Rating: 90

(from 40 year old vines planted in shallow, high clay content soil sitting on a bed of solid rock) This is notably more elegant with a pretty nose of ripe red pinot fruit with undertones of forest floor that complements perfectly the delicious, fresh and sweet mouth coating flavors that are really impressively refined and silky. Despite the low yields, this is not particularly dense though it retains a fine sense of balance.

Drink Dates: 2011+
Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: Issue 26

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Average rating: 88, based on 2 reviews
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236 bottles owned by 52 collectors.

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About This Producer


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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Wine Varietal: Pinot Noir


Notorious for its fickle growing patterns, Pinot Noir vines prefer long, cool growing conditions and tend to mutate easily, leaving behind numerous clones and inconsistent flavor profiles. Although it is one of the three major varieties used in Champagne production, Burgundy is the traditional home of Pinot Noir. The 30-mile stretch of hills known as the Cote d'Or is valued as the world's premier production area. Pinot Noir is planted all over the world. In the United States, Sonoma, the Russian River Valley, Carneros and the Willamette Valley produce top-notch wines from this variety. Other notable countries include New Zealand, Australia, and Chile. Typical descriptors for Pinot Noir include strawberry, raspberry, cherry, mushroom, and meaty notes.

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