2005 Comtes Lafon - Volnay Clos des Chenes 1er Cru 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91(+?)

Bright ruby-red. Complex nose combines dark raspberry, spices, leather and menthol. Juicy but less supple than the village wine; more imploded today but boasts terrific energy and life for a wine with such sweetness. Very different in style from the fleshy, lower-pitched village wine. But this is plenty tactile and has superb fruit. Finishes with brisk acidity and excellent juicy length. I love the sappiness on display here, but this will need time in bottle.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 137

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Average rating: 90, based on 1 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

87 bottles owned by 18 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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