2009 Domaine des Comte Lafon, Monthelie-Les-Duresses Premier Cru, Red Burgundy.
I only had one bottle of this and I lost all sense of discipline when I opened it at dinner, well, lucky for me it opened up and flowed gracefully giving rapturous pleasure and smiles all round. Even if I should have kept this rare treat stashed away for many more years, the 2009 Lafon Monthelie drinks as beautiful as can be with lush round layers of silky and creamy fruit which smoothy caress the palate and linger on the finish. This lovable Premier Cru Bourgogne Rouge seems seamless and complete, but should gain in complexity over the next few years still. The Monthelie-Les-Duresses starts with a mix of wilted roses and violets with big mouth filling plum, cherry and raspberry fruit and hints of mocha and cranberry, this being the only note that gives a clue to the acidity in this plump Pinot. Of course Comte Lafon is legendary for their Meursault white Burgundy, though it is always a great catch when you find one of their amazing reds from Volnay or near by.
($55-70 Est.) 93-94 Points, grapelive

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