2014 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Monthelie "Les Duresses" 1er Cru

SKU #1302694 Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A perfumed and very pretty nose features notes of both red and dark berries along with subtle hints of spice, earth and lilac. There is a lovely sense of vibrancy to the well-detailed and delicious medium weight flavors that exhibit a discreet minerality before concluding in an appealingly textured and refreshing finish. While this should reward a few years of cellar time I suspect that it will be accessible young as well.  (4/2016)

John Gilman

 The 2014 Monthélie “les Duresses” Rouge from Dominique Lafon was already in tank awaiting bottling soon in the new year, but was showing very well at the time of my visit. The nose wafts from the glass in a classic black fruity blend of dark berries, cassis, espresso, woodsmoke, dark soil and a whisper of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is fullish, pure and quite long, with a good core, very suave, modest tannins and lovely length and grip on the focused finish. A very stylish example. (Drink between 2020-2045)  (11/2015)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Monthélie les Duresses was the only red not touched by hail and my sample was taken directly from vat, though it will not be bottled until the spring. It has plenty of fresh redcurrant and cassis scents on the nose. It is simple on the palate with fine tannins, plenty of fruit and a juicy blackberry finish that will give lots of pleasure over the next 4-6 years.  (12/2015)


 (this was Lafon's only Pinot Noir site spared by hail in 2014): Good medium red. Sexy scents of raspberry, rose petal and earth. Juicy, savory wine with real gulpability; red fruit flavors are nicely framed by harmonious acidity. This lively Monthélie wine finishes with firm but fine tannins and a lingering cherry note. It was the first 2014 to be bottled--in March of 2016.  (3/2017)

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