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

SKU #1482857 94 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 2018 les Duresses from Gilles Lafouge is also outstanding, and makes a lovely stylistic juxtaposition with the red fruity la Chapelle, as this is all pure and sappy black fruit in its aromatic constellation of black cherries, sweet dark berries, bitter chocolate, lovely minerality, bonfire, gamebird and cedar. On the palate the wine is deep, full and very precise, with a great core of fruit, a lovely sense of salinity to the soil signature, ripe, buried tannins and a long, nascently complex and impeccably balanced finish. Fine, fine juice. Inner quote mark (12/2019)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2018 Auxey-Duresses 1er Cru Les Duresses is another success, exhibiting notes of cassis, wild plums, burning embers and forest floor. Medium to full-bodied, rich and fleshy, it's one of the more structured wines in the range, its pure core of fruit girdled by youthfully chewy tannins and lively acids. (WK) 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 a darker and more tarry version of Auxey Duresses exhibiting some woodsy notes along with the mineral and earth. The mid-palate shows dark cherries and berries along with a dark beam of baking chocolate in a texture that is more chewy and robust than the other bottlings in this line up. This is hearty and very good.

By: Dejah Overby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/9/2020 | Send Email
There is graceful nose the Lafouge - Les Duresses displays. Unearthed black truffles, hints of rhubarb crisp and cherry tarts drift charmingly from the glass. The matching nose meets the mouth with an addition of plum skin grip and firm acidity its a lovely feeling I must say. Very enjoyable and potential for long aging.

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