2006 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Volnay 1er Cru "Santenots-du-Milieu"

SKU #1047321 92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A more elegant and wonderfully pure nose of red pinot fruit liqueur merges into rich, full and sweet flavors that possess lovely detail and a subtle minerality on the punchy, deep and long finish supported by relatively light but sophisticated tannins. I really like the balance here and this is a silky wine of refinement and class.  (4/2009)

90-92 points John Gilman

 The 2006 Santenots du Milieu finished up its malo a bit earlier than the Champans, and was more amenable to being disturbed. The nose is deep and very pure, as it offers up a classic blend of sweet, dark berries, bitter chocolate, game, earth and woodsmoke. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, deep and significantly less closed than the Champans, with broad shoulders, fine mid-palate depth and a long, ripely tannic finish. This is all terres rouges, and it has the power that reflects this, but it is a significantly more classic in shape and size than was the case a decade ago for this bottling, with a less extracted personality and a more refined and classic silhouette. Lovely potential. (Drink between 2017-2035) 90-92+  (5/2012)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good dark red. Subdued nose hints at cherry, flowers and mint, with a suggestion of candied ripeness. Then big, rich and sappy; less obviously sweet today than the Monthelie and the village wine but offers much more dimension. Strong, almost medicinal minerality contributes to this wine's sappiness. The long, youthful finish saturates the palate with flavor. Plenty in reserve here. (ST)  (3/2009)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Ripe black fruits in the Lafon 2006 Volnay Santenots du Milieu saturate the palate while combining refreshing and invigorating brightness with depth of carnal and mineral dimensions. This shows formidable but finely-grained structure without giving up more than a little of the vivacity and penetration that characterized the corresponding Champans. I would definitely not fear laying this away for a few years but would target 6-8 years for drinking it. (DS)  (12/2009)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.
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- Sometimes known as the Chambolle Musigny of the Côte de Beaune, Volnay is famous for its silky, elegant wines with finesse, delicacy and an almost ethereal nose. However, the wines have a depth and structure that can allow them to age for decades. Remington Norman said it wonderfully in his book The Great Domaines of Burgundy: 'If the wines of Pommard sometimes seem like a truck-driver's interpretation of Pinot, then those of Volnay are a ballerina's.