2018 Domaine des Comtes Lafon 'Volnay-Santenots du Milieu' 1er Cru
This is easily the most floral-infused nose in the range along with an elegant, pure and airy essence of red pinot fruit. In fact while it\'s more complex, this resembles the nose of the Monthelie. There is a highly seductive texture to the soil and mineral-inflected middle weight flavors that are notably finer than those of the Champans or the Clos des Chênes. I particularly like the inner mouth perfume and the length is simply stunning. Notwithstanding those considerable attributes be aware that this will require plenty of cellar time to fully harmonize and arrive at its full potential.
Decanter - "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. "
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - "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 Chênes 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. (92-94pts)"
Vinous - "The 2018 Volnay Les Santenots-du-Milieu 1er Cru has a high-toned and quite opulent bouquet, very seductive and vibrant, delivering copious dark cherries, blueberry and touches of bilberry. The palate is velvety-smooth with a fine bead of acidity, very harmonious and voluminous. It feels very dense toward the finish and though it lacks the elegance of the 2017 and 2019, it has the legs to last 20–30 years."
Burghound - "A markedly riper yet agreeably fresh and spicy nose somewhat grudgingly reveals its aromas of cool and pure black currant and dark cherry that are trimmed in pretty floral nuances. The middle weight flavors exhibit excellent energy and concentration while retaining a lovely sense of refinement on the powerful, focused and impressively long and slightly warm finish that is shaped by firm but fine tannins. This excellent effort should age gracefully for years. *Outstanding*"
|Region||Cote de Nuits|
|Winery||Domaine des Comtes Lafon|
|Grape Varietals||Pinot Noir|