Domaine Comtes Lafon - Le Montrachet

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Domaine Comtes Lafon - Le Montrachet - 2014 - 75cl - Onshore Cellars

Domaine Comtes Lafon - Le Montrachet

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Tasted blind at the annual Burgfest tasting, the 2014 Montrachet Grand Cru from Domaine des Comtes Lafon has a clean and fresh bouquet, perhaps just a bit too much lime for my liking, although there is mineralité tucked in just behind. The palate is fresh and saline on the entry with a superb line of acidity. There is weight and presence to this Montrachet, and it gains weight and delivers a knockout, extremely persistent finish tinged with lemon thyme and sherbet. Though a little disjointed at present, I suspect this will turn into a wonderful Montrachet with style and class. But be warned that it will require several years in bottle.

Domaine Comtes Lafon is a renowned wine producer located in the Burgundy region of France. The estate has a long and rich history, dating back to the 17th century when it was founded by the Comte Lafon family. Today, the estate is run by Dominique Lafon, who is widely regarded as one of the most talented winemakers in the world.

Le Montrachet is one of the most famous wines produced by Domaine Comtes Lafon. It is made from Chardonnay grapes grown in the Le Montrachet vineyard, which is located in the Côte de Beaune subregion of Burgundy. The vineyard is known for its unique terroir, which includes a mix of limestone and clay soils, as well as a south-facing slope that provides ample sunlight for the grapes to ripen.

The style of production at Domaine Comtes Lafon is focused on minimal intervention, with a strong emphasis on terroir expression. The grapes are hand-harvested and sorted, and then fermented using natural yeasts. The wine is aged in oak barrels, with a small percentage of new oak used each year to add complexity and structure to the wine.

Le Montrachet is a complex and elegant wine, with aromas of citrus, white flowers, and toasted nuts. On the palate, it is full-bodied and rich, with flavors of ripe fruit, honey, and a hint of minerality. The wine has a long and lingering finish, with a perfect balance of acidity and tannins.

Domaine Comtes Lafon also produces a range of other wines, including Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet, and Volnay. Each wine is made with the same attention to detail and focus on terroir expression as Le Montrachet, resulting in wines that are complex, elegant, and age-worthy.

Overall, Domaine Comtes Lafon is a producer that is highly respected in the wine world, and for good reason. Their wines are some of the finest examples of Burgundy available, and their commitment to quality and terroir expression is evident in every bottle.

Type:
White
Country:
France
Region:
Burgundy
Appellation:
Le Montrachet
Producer:
Comtes Lafon
Grapes/Blend:
Chardonnay
ABV:
13.5%

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Burgundy

The French Wine region of Burgundy (aka “Bourgogne”) may be small in size, but its influence is huge in the world of vino. The complexity of Burgundy...

The French Wine region of Burgundy (aka “Bourgogne”) may be small in size, but its influence is huge in the world of vino. The complexity of Burgundy can cast fear into the heart of even a seasoned wine pro, but fear not – the region need only be as complicated as you want it to be. Yes, it is home to some of the most expensive wines in the known universe, but there are also tasty and affordable wines.

Main grapes:

Pinot Noir originated in Burgundy and these vines cover 34% of the region, accounting for 29% of overall wine production. The red grape does extremely well in limestone and clay soil, which helps create their complexity. Pinot Noir wines from Burgundy range in colour from cherry to brick, are light in body, and typically have red fruit and spicy flavours. Gamay is a red grape also grown in Burgundy, but only makes up 10% of the vines.

Chardonnay is the primary grape for white wines in Burgundy, making up 48% of the vines and 68% of production. Chardonnay appreciates Burgundy’s marl soil, which gives it delicate floral, fruit, and mineral aromas and full-bodied flavours. Aligoté is the second white grape, accounting for 6% grown. {Read more about the ancient Aligoté grape in Burgundy.}

The region does produce a sparkling wine called Crémant de Bourgogne. It can be made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Aligoté, Gamay, Sacy, and Melon. Varieties include blanc, blanc de blancs, blanc de noirs, and rosé.

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Le Montrachet

Le Montrachet

Montrachet is an Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) and Grand Cru vineyard for white wine made of Chardonnay in the Côte de Beaune subregion of Burgundy. It straddles the...

Montrachet is an Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) and Grand Cru vineyard for white wine made of Chardonnay in the Côte de Beaune subregion of Burgundy. It straddles the border between the two communes of Chassagne-Montrachet and Puligny-Montrachet and produces what many consider to be the greatest dry white wine in the world. It is surrounded by four other Grand Cru vineyards all having "Montrachet" as part of their names.

Montrachet itself is generally considered superior to its four Grand Cru neighbours, and this is reflected in its higher price. Montrachet is located in the south of the Côte de Beaune, which is the southern half of the Côte d'Or, which in turn is the most important of the several wine producing subregions of Burgundy.

The Montrachet vineyard is almost equally divided between Puligny-Montrachet and Chassagne-Montrachet. Both of these appellations have, as is customary, appended the name of their most famous vineyard (in this case a shared one) to the name of their main village. The wine from the Chassagne side is usually known as Le Montrachet while the wine from the Puligny side is known as Montrachet.

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