In September 1999 the Lafon family
bought a domaine in the wine region of Maconnais
at Milly Lamartine
, renaming it Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon
In May 2003 a further domaine of 6 hectares in the villages of Uchizy and Chardonnay
was bought. Together the Mâcon domaine amounted to 14 hectares producing seven wines in all, four of them from single-vineyard sites. The most recent addition, from 2009, is a contract to farm the vineyards of the Château de Viré, with the appellation Viré-Clessé
The whole operation, based at Milly, is now looked after by Caroline Gon
under the supervision of Dominique Lafon
. The vineyards were immediately converted to organic and now to biodynamic farming
. The wines are vinified partly in stainless steel, partly in large wooden foudres (ovals) and partly in demi-muids - barrels of 600 litres, depending on the cuvée. Seven wines are made in total:
Three regular cuvées
Mâcon - a basic cuvée vinified in stainless steel, and now bottled in stelvin.
Mâcon Villages - a blend from Uchizy and Chardonnay
And four single vineyard wines
(plus one 2012 acquisition in Pouilly Fuisse soon to be made available)
Macon Bussières Le Mansard 0.8ha: This is a small strip of vines well placed on a south facing slope which ripens early and makes a lovely plump wine for early consumption.
Macon Uchizy En Maranches: An east-facing slope over-looking the valley of the Saône and the A6 motorway.
Macon Chardonnay Clos de la Crochette: A 2.6ha walled clos which apparently was one of the very first sites to be planted by the monks of Cluny around 1000 years ago on a gently sloping, south facing, early ripening vineyard.
Macon Milly-Lamartine Clos du Four: The best section of the vineyard in Milly, forming a steep sided amphitheatre, mostly east facing, and making concentrated wine with good acidity and a fine mineral feel, capable of some ageing. IThe wine is matured in wooden foudres and bottled in September.