Volnay 1er cru Les Santenots du Milieu, Domaine des Comtes Lafon 2020 - Magnum


150cl ALC 14%

Dominique Lafon has an enviable 3.8Ha in the finest part of Volnay Santenots. It's an early ripening vineyard giving smooth, ripe damson fruit, soft tannins and more richness than most Volnays. Lafon is now well known for its reds.

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France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Volnay & Pommard

Still Red

100% Pinot Noir


Environmentally friendly



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Domaine des Comtes Lafon

This estate, complete with 19th century château, chai and old dog kennels, is amongst the top white wine producers of the world.

That said, the red wines should never be overlooked. It was largely established by Jules Lafon who added significant holdings in Meursault to parcels which had been inherited from a Marie Boch. Jules also founded the Paulée de Meursault, a big knees-up each November which developed from 35 friends to over 600 guests. His sons, Pierre and Henri, presided over an estate which was largely let out to sharecroppers and was saved from being sold by the return of René Lafon from Paris in 1956. He began the process of bringing the land back in hand, a process completed by his son Dominique from 1984. In turn Dominique has recently handed over the reins to his daughter Léa and nephew Pierre. The domaine stands at 16.3 ha spread across four villages and 15 appellations. In Meursault they have: Clos de la Barre, Désirée, Charmes, Goutte d'Or, Porusots, Bouchères, Genevrières, Perrières and village wine. In reds we follow the Volnay Santenots-du-Milieu and Monthelie Les Duresses. Then they have 0.32 ha of Le Montrachet. Across the holdings vines are densely planted and average 30+ years of age. Dominique was an early adopter of sustainable viticulture. They abandoned weed killer in 1992 in favour of ploughing and became organically certified in 1998. The domaine is now fully biodynamic, using compost produced in co-operation with other growers. The whites are fermented in mostly old barrels with carefully controlled bâtonnage and aged for between 18 and 22 months. For the reds, there is a good proportion of whole berry fermentation then maturation in oak – one third new – for a similar period of time . The Meursaults have wonderful fruit, and each wine is distinctive and characterful, some being more spicy and some being almost Riesling-like for their aromatic quality. The reds are notable for deep black fruit and silky tannin structures. We are lucky to have a good allocation of wines directly from the domaine and can offer greater availability of the Héritiers du Comte Lafon whites from the Mâconnais.

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Vintage guide

The region basked under the summer sun in 2022, and thanks to cool nights the wines have avoided excess alcohol while retaining elegance, it all looks very promising. The 2021 vintage was severely affected by frost in the spring which means yields are historically low, the wines are fresh and juicy. 2020 was one of the earliest vintages on record following a warm summer but the wines have an appealing freshness too, like a combination of the previous two vintages. There was an absence of frost in 2019 but yields were still restricted, this time by drought, the resulting wines have great richness and concentration. A very good vintage in 2018 with no frosts in the early part of the season though rain in the first half of summer caused some disease pressure. Hail affected Nuits St-Georges and the Hautes-Côtes reducing yields. The resulting wines are rich and concentrated. Quantities in 2017 will be better than 2016 with equally good results. They are more red fruited than black, showing great elegance. 2016 proved a rollercoaster of a season with everything thrown at the growers in the early season but what fruit survived through to harvest is very good. Quantities, however, are small. 2015 is a memorable vintage for red Burgundy, certainly on the rich side. The red wines of 2014 are more ‘classic’, have a great combination of red and black fruits as well as being charmingly approachable in their youth. After a late start and a cool summer, a dry September saved the day in 2013, the Pinot being light but very pure.

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