2005 Comtes Lafon - Volnay 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Burghound | Rating: 89

(100% young vine Santenots bottled the morning of my visit) A distinctly more elegant nose that blends attractive aromas of red and black pinot fruit with violet and subtle spice notes that merge into rich, sweet and beautifully precise flavors that are chiseled, refined and pure if not as deep as those of the Duresses.

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

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89

($83) Bright, saturated ruby-red color. Deep aromas of red fruits, flowers, pepper, spices, leather, chocolate and smoke. Suave and thick on entry, then sweet and concentrated in the middle palate, with very good grip to its dark berry flavors. Finishes with some firm oak tannins.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 137

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 88

Lafon's 2005 Volnay comes from his 5-10 year old vines (largely from his own selection massale) in the Santenots. Unlike his other 2005s, this finished malo "on time" and was racked to tank at the end of the summer, from which he bottled it the day I visited. Scents of lavender and fresh black cherry lead to a fresh, tight, rather brisk palate with tart fruit skin and bitter black chocolate accents. This boasts refined tannins and lingering spice, even if it lacks a bit of mid-palate weight or richness. And I feel compelled to make allowance for its having come right off the bottling line.

Author: David Schildknecht
Issue: 171

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Average rating: 87, based on 3 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

161 bottles owned by 36 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.

See other similar producers: Domaine Bouard-Bonnefoy, Domaine Paul Pernot, Domaine Ramonet

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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