Reviews 90-92 points Wine Advocate "The 2018 Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Chenes is elegant this year, wafting from the glass with aromas of cassis, dark berries, orange rind and a deft framing of new oak. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, with powdery tannins and good energy, displaying good focus and structural finesse. (WK)" 93 points Vinous "The 2018 Volnay Clos des Chenes 1er Cru, which was bottled earlier than the Champans, has an intense nose of black cherries, blueberry, seaweed and iodine. The palate continues that theme: saline on the entry, dense and grippy, and very nicely focused with a lively, lightly spiced finish. Real succulence here, and very good persistence; the elegance is only apparent after the wine is slipping down the throat. (NM)"
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About Domaine des Comtes Lafon
Comprising approximately 14 hectares, the Domaine is a celebration of biodiversity and sustainable viticulture. Their vineyards, some dating back to the late 19th century, boast old strains of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, meticulously propagated by sélection massale. A dedication to organic farming was augmented by the adoption of biodynamic principles, earning the Domaine organic certification in 1995 and biodynamic certification in 1998.
The wines of Domaine des Comtes Lafon, often hailed as some of the world's finest, are a true reflection of their terroirs, achieved through a meticulous and natural winemaking process. Yields are deliberately limited, and the harvest, conducted by hand, undergoes rigorous sorting. The Chardonnays are subjected to a cool settling of the must, and the Pinot Noirs, mostly de-stemmed, undergo a meticulous fermentation process in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel tanks. This traditional, deliberate approach results in wines bottled unfiltered, 18 to 22 months post-harvest.
From the round and seductive to the robust and serious, the wines express a signature finesse and complexity that is unmistakably Lafon. Holding exclusive ownership over every Premier Cru in Meursault and producing some of the region's finest white wines, Domaine des Comtes Lafon is a paragon of Burgundian winemaking, offering a compelling portrait of the region's varied terroirs.