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2009 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Volnay Santenots-du-Milieu
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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - March/April 2012

(aged in 35% new oak):  Good deep red-ruby.  Black plum, black cherry and chocolate on the nose.  Superrich and sweet; a real fruit bomb of dark cherry and raspberry, but a firm spine of acids and tannins keeps it lively on the palate.  Complicating notes of licorice, bitter chocolate and flowers.  The almost glyceral impression of sweetness comes from fully ripe fruit and the wine's 13.5% alcohol, notes Lafon.  Deceptively open-knit today owing to its sheer richness.  This was bottled in March of 2011, the other 2009s in January and February.

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