2005 Comtes Lafon - Volnay Les Champans 1er Cru 750ml

France - Burgundy - Cote de Beaune - Volnay | Premier Cru/ Red / Pinot Noir   |     Watch

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90+

($130) Deep ruby-red. High-toned, slightly resiny nose hints at superripe cherry and oak, with complicating notes of shoe polish and licorice. Powerful, chewy and deep, with a slightly medicinal quality and a bit less early personality and obvious sweetness than the Clos des Chenes. This big but youthfully closed wine finishes with building tannins.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 137

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Average rating: 90, based on 1 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

99 bottles owned by 25 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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