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2017 Domaine Jean et Gilles Lafouge Auxey-Duresses Rouge 1er Cru "Les Duresses"

SKU #1416161 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Lafouge's 2017 Auxey-Duresses 1er Cru Les Duresses is showing very well from bottle, wafting from the glass with a pretty bouquet of cherries, cassis, licorice and dried flowers that's richer and riper than it seemed from barrel. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, supple and satiny, with a fleshy core of fruit framed by ripe acids and supple tannins that belie this premier cru's name. While this is unlikely to prove among the most long-lived reds of Lafouge's career, it will offer immense pleasure for the better part of a decade. (WK) Inner quote mark (7/2019)

92-93 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark As I mentioned in the intro, this wine had just been racked shortly before my visit, as it is scheduled for an earlier bottling, so it was not completely on form. But, there are enough of its constituent components on display to know this is an outstanding and very elegant bottle in the making. The nose is a lovely, complex and red fruity blend of strawberries, cherries, pomegranate, cocoa powder, chalky soil tones, a whisper of mustard seed, pigeon, cedar and a topnote of rose petals. On the palate the wine is pure, full, long and shapely, with a good core, superb transparency, suave tannins and a long, tangy and complex finish. Great wine for sure, but it is not quite precise today, as it has not yet snapped back in after its racking. But, it is very hard to imagine it not eventually deserving the higher score in the range. Inner quote mark (12/2019)

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