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Dominque Lafon’s legendary estate in Meusault is Domaine des Comtes Lafon. Lafon is one of Burgundy’s most progressive and forward-thinking personalities. He has been instrumental in implementing major viticultural changes in Burgundy, favoring organic and biodynamic farming.
Lafon's estate has become one of the few in the Cote d'Or (excluding the negociants) that produces equally good Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. His Chardonnays from Meursault are unparalled and his most notable red Burgundy, Volnay Santenots-du-Mileu is one of Ffrance's most highly sought after wines.
2004 Lafon Volnay Santenots-du-Mileu
2004 featured an extended growing season and was cool and rainy · A beautiful wine displaying copious black cherry fruit livened by brisk acidity and an extended and dry finish. A little grassiness peaks out on the nose, a green note that has been typical for the 2004 vintage in many parts of Burgundy. Reviewed September 15, 2008 ARTICLE »
2003 Lafon Volnay Santenots-du-Mileu
Grapes were sunburned in this very hot vintage. Acidification was necessary but the wine still displays a high tannin/low acid imbalance. · A noticeably riper fruit profile with a generous tannic and acid backbone. Reviewed September 15, 2008 ARTICLE »
2000 Lafon Meursault Desirée
The Desirée portion of the Volnay Santenots Vineyard was heavily virused and pulled out in 2005. Biodynamic farming was begun in 2006. This portion of the Volnay Santenots Vineyard is not 1er Cru. 2000 was a great Chardonnay vintage and this wine shows it. · Plenty of acidity and still quite fresh and young. Great purity and minerality with a crisp finish. Reviewed September 15, 2008 ARTICLE »
2000 Lafon Volnay Santenots-du-Mileu
A vintage complicated by rain and hail making necessary a rush to pick to avoid botrytis. · Lightest in color of the four wines tasted. Marked by elegance and extremely drinkable now with gossamer tannins and lively acidity. Very fresh tasting and still will offer good drinking for several years. (Note: the 2000 vintage in Burgundy is often overlooked, but the wines are drinking beautifully now and still can be bought on the secondary market at relatively inexpensive prices relative to more touted vintages.) Reviewed September 15, 2008 ARTICLE »
1997 Lafon Volnay Santenots-du-Mileu
When asked what allows many Burgundy wines to age so well, Lafon commented that it was the balance. · Surprisingly young with plenty of tannin still to shed. Full-bodied Pinot fruit beautifully composed that lingers on the finish for an extended time. Reviewed September 15, 2008 ARTICLE »