Heritiers du Comte Lafon Pouilly Fuisse 2019

WA93, BH91

Hints of fresh bread, almond paste and mint complement scents of crisp yellow orchard fruit, introducing the 2019 Pouilly-Fuissé En Chatenay, a medium to full-bodied, satiny and layered wine that's enveloping and complete, with succulent acids and a saline finish. This is a fine performance from this north-facing site. Drink:2023~2035 - WA93

Touches of mineral reduction and anise add breadth to the ripe aromas of spicy poached pear. The delicious medium-bodied flavors possess fine mid-palate volume with fine richness but also good underlying tension, all wrapped in a moderately firm finale. This too is worth checking out.Drink:2024+ - BH91

The Winery

Domaine des Comtes Lafon is a wine producer in Burgundy making some of the most lauded (and highly priced) white wines from Chardonnay in the region. It is located in Meursault in the Côte de Beaune, but has vineyards in three other villages: Chassagne-Montrachet, Volnay and Monthélie.

Comtes Lafon's house and cellar were built in 1869 by the Boch family, but its reputation as a winery was most heavily influenced by Jules Lafon, who married Marie Boch in 1894. Lafon bought many of the significant premier cru plots in Meursault and Volnay, and in 1919, parcels in the grand cru Le Montrachet vineyard.

Domaine des Comtes Lafon saw an extended period of sharecropping after Jules Lafon's death and the future of the estate became uncertain. It was Jules' grandson René Lafon who took an interest in the winery and fought to stop the division of the vineyards, a move that secured the future of the domaine. Despite René's intervention, many of the lease agreements with the sharecroppers remained in place for decades. Comtes Lafon was making highly regarded whites in many vintages but without consistency. It wasn't until René's son, Dominique, facilitated the end of the sharecropping agreements in the late 1980s and early '90s that Domaine des Comtes Lafon was able to reach its full potential. In 1995, it adopted organic practices and since 1998 has been entirely biodynamic.

Comte Lafon's stand-out wine is its single grand cru Montrachet, which has consistently been listed as one of the most expensive wines in the world. The domaine also has a range of premier cru white and red wines and while the whites have always been highly regarded, its red wines have gained new recognition for their quality in more recent vintages. In 1999 Comtes Lafon expanded into the Mâcon in southern Burgundy with a second label: Les Héritiers du Comtes Lafon. - Information from Wine Searcher



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