Better than my last bottle from a month ago, this combines fresh black and red cherry with emerging mushroom notes. Very good spice aromas and flavors with elegant floral notes that are classically Volnay. Served alongside its 2007 counterpart, which was similar but simpler and more foursquare.
Nicely floral with plenty of spice and mature, ripe black cherry with lots of earth and slowly cooked shiitake mushrooms. I haven't had this wine in a couple of years, and this bottle is far more advanced than the several bottles from 2011 and 2012.
Maybe it’s because I think Volnay should have violets, but pretty much every Volnay note I write starts with some reference to violets. This wine smells of violets. It also smells of cherry, chalk, freshly tilled earth and mushroom. It has plenty of liqueur cherry fruit at its heart and good rocky detail. It is dense and muscular, very much a masculine Volnay but with many elements of beauty. Delicious now yet with plenty in the tank.
Just beginning to show signs of bricking. The nose is floral, and beautifully aromatic with tons of both red and black fruit. This is a pretty ripe bottle with fleshy red plums on the palate, though there's more than ample mineral cut to prevent this from becoming cloying. Still some noticeable tannin on the back end. Lovely well-crafted Burgundy that's at a really great point in its evolution right now. No reason to wait now, but an extra few years in the cellar won't hurt either.
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(Domaine des Comtes Lafon Volnay 1er Cru Santenots-Du-Milieu) Medium red, slightly bricking color, with pale meniscus; nice tart red fruit, strawberry, tea and orange nose; tart red fruit, rosehips, mineral, tangy, firm but sweet tannins; medium finish