When I first opened this bottle at home, I was worried it might be corked. No off odors but no good ones either; it smelled like water. But at the restaurant, it showed its true colors, which were wonderfully fine. Very dark color. Finally showed some blackberry aroma. Excellent attack, mouth filling, energetic. It seems like it could go on for years. It may have been BH who said it is fading but it doesn't seem that way to me.
Minty nose, plush and resin on the palate, mature, some sap. A grand old wine, but probably has more to give. [After writing this I saw David Strange's note of three years ago which is a brilliant description of how this tasted today.]
First wine with the main Thanksgiving course. Top of cork felt a little mushy so I had some concern. After opening first aroma gave me further concern with its sharpness. Kept open in the bottle for 30 minutes before first pour. Surprisingly vibrant red in the glass. Rasberry with some good underlying meat and earth tones that accompanied the turkey perfectly. Haven't had many older Burgundies but this was just perfect.
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(Comte Lafon Volnay Santenots) The hallmark acidity of the vintage jumped out immediately in the Lafon; it was tight and screechy in the nose, but still lovely and citrusy in the mouth. While a touch dry, it was full and steely.
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