2009 Comtes Lafon - Meursault Clos de la Barre 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91-93

From a tank sample taken just prior to the fining: Bright, pale yellow-green. Grapefruit and lemon ice on the nose, plus a whiff of white truffle. Edgy lemony acidity gives shape to the palate and carries the finish. A second sample, taken after the fining: Bright pale yellow. Subtly perfumed nose hints at lemon ice. Juicy and pure but a bit sharper than the first sample, showing excellent precision to the lemon zest flavors. A very site-driven sample that finishes with a salty nuance and noteworthy cut and length. I like what the fining has accomplished.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 158

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Burghound | Rating: 90

A notably ripe nose of orchard fruit aromas that include pear, apple and white peach are trimmed in notes of grilled almonds. There is an opulent mouth feel to the detailed and lightly mineral-inflected flavors that possess fine precision on the tension-filled and well-balanced finish. This is really quite good for its level as I particularly like the sense of proportion which will allow it to drink well young if desired.

Drink Dates: 2016+
Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: 50

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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17+

Discreet mushroomy nose and very tight. Will need a lot of time. Lots of grip (sic) according to Dominique Lafon! Very long.

Drink Dates: 2014-2020
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Average rating: 90, based on 3 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

47 bottles owned by 11 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.

See other similar producers: Domaine Bouard-Bonnefoy, Domaine Paul Pernot, Domaine Ramonet

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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