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Domaine des Comtes Lafon Volnay 'Les Santenots du Milieu' 1er Cru
Lafon’s finest red this year is, as usual, the 2018 Volnay 1er Cru Les Santenots-du-Milieu, a wine that combines the finesse of the Clos des Chenes with the power and depth of the Champans. Exhibiting a complex bouquet of cherries, smoky wild berries, rich soil tones, violets and dark chocolate, it’s medium to full-bodied, lively and concentrated, with refined tannins and a sense of controlled power. 92-94 points, William Kelley, Robert Parkers’ The Wine Advocate
Fine depth of colour. The nose from the start suggests that this is a complete wine. Plums as much as dark raspberries, with its clay based weight, a few tannins but in proportion to the fruit, just the right thread of acidity, a fabulous weighty but balanced Volnay Santenots. 95 points, Jasper Morris, Inside Burgundy
Generally the biggest and boldest of Dominique Lafon’s line up of Volnays, sourced from a 3.9ha vineyard in the commune of Meursault that produced 49 barrels of wine in 2018. Focused, taut and layered, it has fine, scented one-third new oak, plenty of minerality and freshness and layers of black cherry, plum and raspberry fruit topped by pepper spice. 94 points, Tim Atkin MW, Decanter
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