Domaine des Comtes Lafon Monthélie 'Les Duresses' 1er Cru

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Pinot Noir










Planted in 1986, the same vintage as Pierre Lafon who has just joined the team. No more than medium deep red purple, the nose has an agreeable plum fruit, if a fraction evolved after being open a day. There is balanced acidity at the back and decent length. Jasper Morris, Inside Burgundy

Unusually for Dominique Lafon, he used some whole clusters on this crunchy, floral Pinot Noir from Monthélie's best-known, south-facing site. Bright and refreshing, with stylish 20% new wood, raspberry and red cherry fruit and a racy, well-balanced finish. Always a well-priced introduction to the domaine’s impressive lineup of reds. 92 points, Tim Atkin MW, Decanter

A ripe, fresh and attractively spicy nose reflects a variety of both red and dark pinot fruit nuances. The nicely voluminous and textured middle weight flavors possess a lovely sense of verve before terminating in a mildly rustic, indeed even robust, finish. I suspect that this will round into shape relatively quickly. 91 points, Allen Meadows, Burghound

The 2018 Monthelie “les Duresses” from Domaine des Comtes Lafon is a really lovely bottle in the making this year. The bouquet is ripe, pure and vibrant, wafting from the glass in a mix of red and black cherries, dark soil tones, bitter chocolate, gamebird, woodsmoke and a deft touch of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is fullish, pure and nicely transparent down to its soil elements, with a good core of fruit, moderate backend tannins and a long, complex and very shapely finish. Fine juice that will start to drink beautifully with only a bit of bottle age, but also has the balance to age quite gracefully. 90 points, John Gilman