Volnay 1er Cru Santenots Du Milieu

1990 Volnay 1er Cru Santenots Du Milieu Comtes Lafon

  • Classification:
    1er Cru
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  • Appellation:
    Volnay 1er Cru Santenots Du Milieu
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  • Grape Type:
    Pinot Noir
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Wine Critics Notes:

Allen Meadows - Score: 84 (2016 Dec.)

I hadn't tried this in more than 15 years and time has not been especially kind. The exceptionally ripe, indeed borderline jammy nose displays plenty of earth, spice and black fruit liqueur scents that have now turned distinctly secondary in character. The dense, serious and concentrated big-bodied flavors are still very structured and indeed there is so much tannin present that the finish is astringent and drying. While this bruiser is by no means ready from the standpoint of resolving the underlying structure it risks drying out completely if held until the chunky tannins do mellow. As the description confirms, this is not a typical Volnay. Drink up. Another bottle opened in 2016 was completely shot with so much volatile acidity that it was undrinkable.