2000 Comtes Lafon - Montrachet 750ml

France - Burgundy - Cote de Beaune - Chassagne Montrachet | Grand Cru/ White / Chardonnay   |     Watch

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93-96

(just fined) Deeply pitched aromas of iodine, clove and sweet oak. Thick, large-scaled and full; a voluminous, mouthfilling wine with great solidity but no excess weight. Completely different in style from the Lafon Meursaults. Still rather tightly wound and restrained, but hints at its obvious power. Very long finish throws off vibrant citrus notes.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 104

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Average rating: 94, based on 1 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

46 bottles owned by 26 collectors.

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About This Producer


Dominique Lafon has an unwavering loyalty to traditional winemaking, but the flexibility to know when and where progressive techniques are warranted. The vineyards are biodynamic, and wines are barrel fermented, and bottled nearly two years after harvest. Comtes Lafon has one of the deepest, coldest cellars in Burgundy and this has a most positive effect upon the stellar quality of the wines, as it allows for very lengthy, complete fermentations and aging. The result is wines that are made to last and enjoy over decades. As Clive Coates so succinctly states, "[this is] one of the few indisputably three-star white wine estates in Burgundy." Lafon specializes in Premier Cru Meursault and Volnay Pinot Noir.

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Wine Varietal: Chardonnay


Arguably the best dry white wine grape out there, Chardonnay is grown all over the globe. In addition to being the backbone of fine white Burgundies, Chardonnay is also one of the three major grape varieties used in producing Champagne. Susceptible to a myriad of complications, Chardonnay berries are relatively small, thin-skinned, fragile, and oxidize easily. Chardonnay grapes can be sensitive to winemaking techniques and more difficult to handle from harvest to bottling than many other varieties. Some producers will use malolactic fermentation (where harsher malic acid is turned into softer lactic acid and carbon dioxide) to reduce crispness and acidity and add a creamy, buttery texture to wines. The "oaky" character of some Chardonnays comes from fermenting or aging which takes place in oak barrels. Once barrel-aged, Chardonnay may take on notes of vanilla or toast. While Chardonnay is produced worldwide, the best can be found in France, the United States, Argentina, Chile, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, and South Africa. Typical descriptors for Chardonnay include mineral, green apple, citrus, tropical fruits, vanilla, butter and smokiness.

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