Nice, rich, enticing aroma of blackberries & fresh black plumsc with spicy cedar and a fresh whiff of lavender. Ther’s a tiny hint of freshly cracked black pepper and allspice. Warm & rich yet nicely fresh & juicy.
On the palate this is medium bodied with beautiful, velvety, plush, juicy tannins. So finely polished. Nicely balanced with the acidity still fresh and while the fruit is slowly starting to show some age, it’s still juicy - I like the savoury, earthy side. Good depth and length, too.
This has to be peaking right now and is drinking very nicely. — 2 months ago
Stunning wine. Love the vintage for whites, in which terroir will shine, and I love the Charmes site particularly from Lafon. It’s fabulous today, youthful, fresh and ultra complex with proper levels of development without any hint of premox, with a bouquet of spiced orchard fruit, white flowers, honeysuckle and roasted hazelnuts. The palate has gained richness but remains pure and focused with tremendous depth that’s seamlessly balanced by its stony minerality. In an amazing spot! — a month ago
Ripe dark berries, smoke, tobacco. Full-bodied, amazingly rich and warm. — 17 days ago
15 person Champagne tasting with friends.
The Taittinger Comtes is one of my favorite cuvées. I had this at the property just over a year ago and I felt it wasn’t quite there yet. It showed much better for our tasting. Flashed similarly to their 2007 which is drinking beautifully. Had the smaller bubbles, precision and focus on the palate. Well crafted. For me, just made WOTN. — 8 days ago
The 2013 Volnay Les Santenots-du-Milieu 1er Cru offers blackberry, raspberry, undergrowth and loamy scents on the nose, nicely defined and fresh after ten years. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly rustic tannins, ferrous, lifted acidity with maybe just a touch more bitterness on the finish than I would have liked. It's a tad dry, but this still has much to offer. I would drink this earlier than the 2013 Les Perrières. (Neal Martin, Vinous, October 2023)
— a month ago