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2017 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Volnay (Previously $120)

SKU #1416289 92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark A more restrained nose reluctantly offers up a bit more deeply pitched nose of violet, plum and anise hints. The sleek, delicious and beguilingly vibrant medium weight flavors culminate in a dusty, complex and sneaky long finish. While this is labeled as a villages, it performs at a 1er level. Inner quote mark (4/2019)

92 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Dominique Lafon uses his young-vine fruit from Santenots and En Champans to make this delightfully drinkable village Volnay. Crunchy, fresh and vibrant, it has pomegranate and wild strawberry fruit, gentle, fine-grained tannins and some sweet spice from 20% new wood. (TA) Inner quote mark (10/2018)

90 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The Comtes Lafon Volnay villages cuvée is always a lovely bottle for mid-term consumption and it was nice to see it back in the lineup again in this vintage, after not being produced last year, due to the very short crop. The backbone of this bottling are the relatively younger vines in Champans, as with a normal crop again in 2017, Dominique Lafon was able to bottle the ninety-eight year-old vines in Champans on their own this year. The 2017 Volnay AC offers up a fine, black fruity nose of sweet dark berries, black cherries, bitter chocolate, pigeon, dark soil tones, a bit of cedar and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and nicely plump at the core, with a touch of ripe tannin and good length and grip on the well balanced and promising finish. This is a very good AC. Inner quote mark (12/2018)

K&L Notes

91 points Jasper Morris for Inside Burgundy: "This comes from young plantings (1997 and 2002) in Volnay Santenots along with a bit of 30 year old Champans, so it is all in fact from 1er cru terroir. This is quite beautiful with a sense of density. This fills the mouth, excellent texture, the aromatics flood back behind. The Comtes Lafon Volnay, when it is made, is a wine of huge appeal that paves the way for the premiers crus to follow. Tasted: October 2018." (01/2019)

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