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2018 Domaine Jean et Gilles Lafouge Auxey-Duresses Rouge 1er Cru "La Chapelle"

SKU #1482856 93 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 2018 la Chapelle is one of the ripest wines in the Lafouge cellars this year, coming in at all of 13.4 percent octane. The wine is just stellar on both the nose and palate, with the bouquet wafting from the glass in a classic mix of red and black cherries, raw cocoa, gamebird, plums, a complex base of soil tones and just a touch of new oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and beautifully sappy at the core, with fine focus and grip, impeccable balance, fine-grained tannins and outstanding backend mineral drive on the long and complex finish. This is stellar Auxey in the making! 93+ Inner quote mark (12/2019)

90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark A slightly riper but still attractively fresh nose speaks of plum, dark cherry and cool earth scents. There is better mid-palate density to the more powerful medium-bodied flavors that flash good minerality on the serious and firm but not really austere finish. This is worth checking out. Inner quote mark (4/2020)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Aromas of ripe cherries, raspberries and plums introduce Lafouge's 2018 Auxey-Duresses 1er Cru La Chapelle, a medium to full-bodied wine that's a touch firmer and more youthfully austere than it typically is. In 2018, the La Chapelle actually seems more overly structured than Les Duresses, though the opposite is generally the case. (WK) 90+ Inner quote mark (6/2020)


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By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/10/2020 | Send Email
This is bright and floral with a hard candy ripeness to the red fruited middle and a crisp finish. There are notes of earth and plums in this wine of great energy. This is delicious now but will only get better.

By: Dejah Overby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/9/2020 | Send Email
The nose on the Lafouge - La Chapelle has this lively floral thing going on, I'd think I was in a atrium of wild flowers. Wild cherries, fresh picked cranberries, and a layer of Provence dried herbs. This a charming wine and from the glass its elegant and refined. I recommend you take your time with this one. A medium bodied, fine grained textured wine that lingers in its finish and repayable in every sip.

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