Domaine des Comtes Lafon

Domaine des Comtes Lafon

Domaine des Comtes Lafon has the deepest and coldest cellars in Burgundy and they nurture some of the greatest dry white wines of Burgundy. Dominique Lafon is the leading producer in Meursault, producing wines of astonishing depth and complexity, yet supremely balanced as well.

The domaine dates back to the building of the house and cellar at Clos de la Barre by the Boch family in 1869. However the real creator of the estate was Comte Jules Lafon who married Mademoiselle Marie Boch on St Vincent’s day 1894, and was shrewd enough to purchase exceptionally well sited plots in the best vineyards of Meursault and Volnay, as well as a treasured piece of Le Montrachet acquired in 1919.
 
Dominique Lafon has been in charge since 1985, taking over a domaine which already had a reputation for outstanding, if irregular whites, and potentially good reds. When Lafon took over the domaine, most of his vineyards were leased out on a share-cropping basis. It was only towards the end of the 80s that he managed to reclaim all the vineyards and thus have full responsibility for them.The white wines are now consistently among the best in Burgundy while since 1989 the reds have reached the top division. Not only are the Lafons' holdings in the best vineyards of Meursault and Volnay, but they are mostly very well situated within the vineyards. The domaine is now cultivated according to biodynamic principles with no use of herbicides or chemical sprays. All the wines are barrel-fermented, using new oak for the 1er Crus upwards. There is only one racking after the malolactic and the wines are bottled nearly two years after the vintage, one of the latest bottlings in Burgundy. This is the very pinnacle of White Burgundy with superlative fruit, power, complexity and total harmony being the wines' hallmarks. The reds (incl. those from Volnay, Monthélie) are first class as well.

In September 1999 the Lafons bought a domaine in the Maconnais at Milly Lamartine, sold under the label of Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon. Further vineyards have been bought subsequently, and from 2009 there is a contract in place to farm the vineyards of the Chateau de Viré. Dominique has also established a small label of his own, the wines being made in Beaune.

The white wines are whole bunch pressed then settled in tank at 12°C for 24 hours. No new oak is used for the village wines, up to 70% for Charmes and Perrières, less for Genevrières, and 100% for Le Montrachet, though these are subsequently racked into older wood. The wines spend a second winter in wood

The red grapes are 100% destemmed and put in stainless steel tank with a cooling and heating system. Temperature reduced to 14° for a three to five day pre-fermentation maceration. The vats are typically punched down twice a day during fermentation. Post-fermentation maceration depends on the tannins, while sometimes the juice is pressed and run off into barrel to finish fermenting there. 30% new oak is used. Maturation takes place over 18 months with two rackings before bottling without fining or filtration if possible.

Jasper Morris MW, Burgundy Wine Director and author of the award-winning Inside Burgundy comprehensive handbook.

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2015 Meursault, Les Charmes, 1er Cru, Domaine des Comtes Lafon, Burgundy
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2015
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13.0% Alcohol
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2012 Volnay, Santenots-du-Milieu, 1er Cru, Domaine des Comtes Lafon, Burgundy
Red
2012
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13.0% Alcohol
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2012 Meursault, Clos de la Barre, Domaine des Comtes Lafon
White
2012
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13.0% Alcohol
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2008 Le Montrachet, Grand Cru, Domaine des Comtes Lafon, Burgundy
White
2008
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14.0% Alcohol
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2012 Monthélie, Les Duresses, 1er Cru, Domaine des Comtes Lafon
Red
2012
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Medium Bodied
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13.0% Alcohol
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2013 Meursault, Domaine des Comtes Lafon, Burgundy
White
2013
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2015 Meursault, Domaine des Comtes Lafon, Burgundy
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2015
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13.5% Alcohol
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2011 Meursault, Domaine des Comtes Lafon, Burgundy
White
2011
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13.0% Alcohol
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2011 Monthélie, Les Duresses, 1er Cru, Domaine des Comtes Lafon
Red
2011
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2009 Le Montrachet, Grand Cru, Domaine des Comtes Lafon, Burgundy
White
2009
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14.0% Alcohol
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2014 Volnay, Santenots-du-Milieu, 1er Cru, Domaine des Comtes Lafon
Red
2014
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13.0% Alcohol
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2014 Meursault, Clos de la Barre, Domaine des Comtes Lafon
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2014
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2016 Volnay, Champans, 1er Cru, Domaine des Comtes Lafon, Burgundy
Red
2016
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13.5% Alcohol
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2011 Les Six Climats, Domaine de Comtes Lafon (6-bottle Assortment Case)
White
2011
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13.0% Alcohol
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2006 Volnay, Santenots-du-Milieu, 1er Cru, Domaine des Comtes Lafon
Red
2006
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13.0% Alcohol
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2015 Le Montrachet, Grand Cru, Domaine des Comtes Lafon, Burgundy
White
2015
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13.0% Alcohol
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2017 Les Six Climats, Comtes Lafon, 6-Bottle Mixed Case
White
2017
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13.0% Alcohol
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2017 Le Montrachet, Grand Cru, Domaine des Comtes Lafon, Burgundy
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2017
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13.0% Alcohol
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2017 Meursault, Domaine des Comtes Lafon, Burgundy
White
2017
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13.5% Alcohol
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