2017 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Montrachet #130427135


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Based on 13 reviews on Cellartracker.com

Reviews 96-98 points Wine Advocate "The 2017 Montrachet Grand Cru is a classic in the making, wafting from the glass with aromas of lemon oil, citrus blossom, green apple, mandarin and beeswax, subtly framed by new oak. On the palate, it's full-bodied, beautifully complete and multidimensional, with a broad, satiny attack, a deep, layered mid-palate and a pure, penetrating finish. Youthfully reserved today, its almost understated elegance conceals impressive reserved of structure and extract. (WK)" 19 points Jancis Robinson "100% new oak. Barrel sample. Honey and lemon on the nose, with the oak hidden from view except in a light dusting of spice and savoury richness that becomes more pronounced on the palate. Completely absorbing on the palate with all that intensity. ?Baroque?, proffers Lafon as I struggle for the right words, but so fresh on the finish. Massive and completely captivating. Fills the mouth with spice and fruit sweetness and umami complexity. (JH)" 95-98 points Burghound "As good as the Perrieres is, and it's exceptionally good, this offers another step up with its deft touch of wood framing the highly restrained but even more complex nose of mildly exotic aromas of passion fruit, apple, lemon-lime, pear, white flowers and discreet spice elements. The sleek, focused and almost painfully intense imposingly-scaled flavors brim with an abundance of mouth coating dry extract that also buffers the very firm acid spine shaping the hugely long finish that evidences focused power and plenty of minerality...(AM)"

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Dominique Lafon of Domaine des Comtes Lafon in the vineyard

About Domaine des Comtes Lafon

A pinnacle of Burgundian viticulture, Domaine des Comtes Lafon is run by the brilliant Dominique Lafon, who led the estate to international acclaim over the past four decades. Renowned for being a wine mastermind, Dominique reclaimed full control of the vineyards spread across Meursault, Volnay, Monthélie, and Puligny-Montrachet in 1984, implementing organic and biodynamic practices that have become the backbone of their extraordinary winemaking.

Comprising approximately 14 hectares, the Domaine is a celebration of biodiversity and sustainable viticulture. Their vineyards, some dating back to the late 19th century, boast old strains of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, meticulously propagated by sélection massale. A dedication to organic farming was augmented by the adoption of biodynamic principles, earning the Domaine organic certification in 1995 and biodynamic certification in 1998.

The wines of Domaine des Comtes Lafon, often hailed as some of the world's finest, are a true reflection of their terroirs, achieved through a meticulous and natural winemaking process. Yields are deliberately limited, and the harvest, conducted by hand, undergoes rigorous sorting. The Chardonnays are subjected to a cool settling of the must, and the Pinot Noirs, mostly de-stemmed, undergo a meticulous fermentation process in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel tanks. This traditional, deliberate approach results in wines bottled unfiltered, 18 to 22 months post-harvest.

From the round and seductive to the robust and serious, the wines express a signature finesse and complexity that is unmistakably Lafon. Holding exclusive ownership over every Premier Cru in Meursault and producing some of the region's finest white wines, Domaine des Comtes Lafon is a paragon of Burgundian winemaking, offering a compelling portrait of the region's varied terroirs.

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