This Domaine began in earnest when Jules Lafon relinqiushed his professional legal and political responsibilities in 1931 to devote himself entirely to the management of his inherited 19th century estate. Domaine Lafon remains to this day a family concern, and produces wine in 15 Burgundy appellations, including some of the most prestigious. The Domaine has practised organic and biodynamic farming methods since 1998.
The Meursault 'Clos de La Barre' comes from an entirely closed vineyard behind the family home, characterised by its shallow clay top soil and limestone sub-soil. The wines it produces are rich and attractively mineral, with pronounced citrus aromas and marked acidity. Vines are rigorously cropped to ensure low yields of complex, well developed fruit. Climate conditions in 1996 resulted in early flowering, but also some slow development late in the growing season due to cold conditions. Variability was thus inevitable, however in the premium sites such as the 'Clos de La Barre', ripeness levels were excellent and high acidity was the main feature, producing wines of great longevity. The 1996 now exhibits an appealing mature honeyed complexity, and still boasts a weighty complex palate.
Domaine des Comtes Lafon is located within Cotes du Beaune. The estate was largely established by the lawyer, Jules Lafon who moved to Burgundy in 1865 to take the position of Inspecteur des Finances in Dijon. Here he married Marie Boch, the heir to a substantial wine estate which would form some of the parcels of land in the modern domaine. At his death in 1940, the substantial Domaine des Comtes Lafon was left to his two sons, Pierre and Henri.
The hardship faced by the domaine during the Second World War led to a period of great uncertainty and family quarrels over whether the land ought to be sold and the estate would be farmed by sharecroppers. Following the death of Pierre in 1944, Henri planned to sell up the land, but constant intervention by his son, Rene, prevented the this conclusion. Rene would then take over management of the estate in 1956. Efforts to restore the vineyards would come to fruition in 1961 when the entire production would be bottled.
Today the 16 hectare estate is managed by Rene's son, Dominique Lafon.
(opened from personal storage). An intense nose of lemon/citrus-infused fruit aromas that are trimmed in white flower notes is followed by intense, pure, racy, medium weight flavors that offer beautiful cut and delineation. This is one very serious villages with breed, elegance and length well above its appellation. Drink Now+
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