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2007 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Volnay 1er Cru "Santenots du Milieu"

SKU #1055958 94 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 2007 Santenots du Milieu is another great example of the vintage in the making, but like the Comtes Lafon Champans from this vintage, this wine is still several years away from realty starting to approach its plateau. The deep, young and very pure and promising nose wafts from the glass in a blend of cassis, dark berries, woodsmoke, French roast, dark soil tones, gamebirds and a nice topnote of currant leaf. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, young and again offers stellar mid-palate concentration, with superb transparency, ripe tannins, tangy acids and outstanding length and grip on the vibrant and primary finish. Great juice in the making, but give it still more time to blossom. (Drink between 2020-2055) Inner quote mark (1/2014)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Full of fruit, this rich wine packs plums and cherries into a style that is sumptuous, with great ripeness. The tannins are soft, sweet and roll well into the rounded structure. (RV) Inner quote mark (12/2010)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Deep red. The most perfumed of these 2007s, offering aromas of black cherry, licorice, violet and minerals. Lush, sweet and seamless, with complex flavors of cherry and flowers along with a whiff of game. This really coats the mouth and builds, finishing with suave tannins and lingering perfume. Has the stuffing to age but also offers early accessibility. This was tight from barrel and has unfurled nicely. (ST) Inner quote mark (3/2010)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark *Outstanding* The most elegant wine of the range with a floral and airy nose of extract of red pinot fruit and wet stone that can also be found on the silky and round middle weight flavors that are balanced, refined and strikingly persistent. Like all of the Lafon '07s, the tannins here are quite fine and this should mature over the next decade but last for years. I quite like this and while it's lovely, it's not necessarily more interesting than the Champans, which is rare chez Lafon. Inner quote mark (4/2010)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Intense aromas and flavors of cassis and creme de mure are complemented by mace and espresso in a Lafon 2007 Volnay Santenots du Milieu whose almost liqueur-like sense of richness carries through to a strong finish, while not precluding a sense of fresh fruit vivacity that is reinforced by pungent brown spices. This fine representative of its vintage and site should be worth cellaring for 5-7 years. (DS) Inner quote mark (6/2010)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Old vines. Bright, juicy and sweet with fruit but not especially aromatic at this stage. Dense but also has a light floral touch of violets plus a more savoury edge of complexity. Firm, savoury, smooth tannins. A certain tannin grip that is in keeping with the fruit density. 17.5/20 points (JH) Inner quote mark (1/2009)

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