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2018 Domaine Jean et Gilles Lafouge Auxey-Duresses Rouge

SKU #1482855 90 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 2018 Auxey-Duresses villages is very pretty and quite classic in personality this year, delivering a fine bouquet of red and black cherries, pigeon, dark soil tones, a hint of chocolate and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and sappy at the core, with fine soil signature, modest tannins and lovely focus and grip on the long and classy finish. This will drink well from a young age, but has the balance to age nicely as well. (Drink between 2022-2045) Inner quote mark (12/2019)

Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark Moderate amounts of wood and menthol set off the riper aromas of both red and dark currant, underbrush and a whiff of the sauvage. The round, delicious and more concentrated flavors possess a suave and seductive mouthfeel, all wrapped in a lingering finish where a hint of oak slowly emerges. This is notably less rustic than usual and really quite pretty. Inner quote mark (4/2020)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Notes of cherries, blackberries and sweet soil tones introduce Lafouge's 2018 Auxey-Duresses Rouge, a medium to full-bodied, fleshy and charming red with an ample core of succulent fruit, powdery tannins and an open-knit, giving profile. This will drink well young. I've sung the praises of this 10-hectare domaine in the past, and I continue to admire its wines. As I've written before, old vines, cultivated soils and classical winemaking are the rudiments of Gilles Lafouge's recipe for success. The 2018 vintage at this address, however, isn't an entirely unqualified success: while all the wines are flavorful and correct, several of this year's whites were a little fat for my palate. The domaine's reds have turned out nicely in a generous, fruit-driven register, but on the white side of the ledger, the wines don't match what Lafouge achieved in 2017. (WK) Inner quote mark (6/2020)

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