decanted in the AM for 90 mins then bk to bottle, had with dinner, good darkish red fruit with really significant acid, and no sweetness to balance, so on the pnp and when returning to bottle i was worried that my dinner guest might not enjoy (I love acid, but this was a but too prominent even for me, and a surprise based on vintage and past bottles), interestingly it continued to round out and gain complexity throughout dinner and by the end had caught up to the performance of the '90 Ridge Monte Bello we had alongside... great bottle but needed lots of air to show its stuff
Medium ruby color. Nose of plum, anise, iodine, forest floor, violets, schist. Layers of lush, youthful blackberry, dark plum, and black raspberry fruit on the palate complicated by earth and iron filings, plus the barest hint of a certain ethereal lacy quality. Lovely and compelling acidity balancing structured but smoothed tannins. Long finish of red and black raspberry fruit, still sweet and fresh, in perfect balance with grip and iron. Terrific showing, depicting spring more than autumn at this point.
La Paulee Dinner at Recette (Recette): Really quite lovely. Certainly very ripe, with sweet, concentrated blackberry fruit, but without the overripe roasted quality that many wines have in this vintage. Rich and powerful but not heavy. Not super complex, but still excellent.
Not your typical Santenots and there's definitely more vintage expression than terroir expression in this Volnay. However, it is has well balanced rounded tannins in balance with its acidity and red fruit expression on the palate. I see it developing a nice medium long finish on the end. Beautiful in a word.
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(Comtes Lafon Volnay Santenots-du Milieu) (From magnum) Very deep colour - close to black. No obvious oak on the nose, but it’s so dense and unforgiving - perhaps this is a harsh adjective, but this wine is so fresh, linear and dense that it could be 2002 in presentation. The only clue to its age, is that the tannins have started to melt, but super concentration remains - it’s a tour-de-force - but wait for 2015. If there is one criticism, the wine doesn’t seem so long and is unlikely to gain length with extra age - but I’m still very, very impressed. Versus the Clerget Chambolle this has twice the depth & concentration, but the Clerget is significantly more refined - the choice is yours.