Wine Domaine des Comtes Lafon, Montrachet Grand Cru AOC, 1997
Reviews of purchase Domaine des Comtes Lafon, Montrachet Grand Cru AOC, 1997
Wine beautiful, rich golden-yellow color.
Clean, elegant taste wine impresses with its sensuality, oily texture, fine acidity and hints of spice excellent, fully disclosed in a spectacular finish.
Easy sparkling wine aroma opens nuances of toast, gradually filled with tones of butter, corn, sweet musk and haze.
The wine goes well with lobster, shellfish, crustaceans and fish sauce, white meat, poultry, cheeses, especially St. Nectarios and Langres.
1997 saw early maturing crop. The summer was warm and dry fruits have reached the necessary maturity perfectly healthy, thick-skinned. Chardonnay Pinot matured later. The harvest began on 11 September. For the production of Montrachet Grand Cru in the Domaine de Comte Lafon selected the best grapes, gentle pressing lasts about 3 hours, then the juice settles in the cold in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats at a temperature of 12 ° C, after 24 hours of juice is separated from the pellet and placed in the new or previously used barrels. Fermentation begins after 4-6 days, it passes without yeast at a temperature of 22-24 ° C and it lasts about 3 months. Malolactic fermentation usually starts in January and ends in May. Then assembled in vats of wine, then moved to the old barrels. Ripening period depends on the vintage, some wines are bottled after 18 months, and some through 22. Then decant the wine, tested in the laboratory, taste and then bottled.
Although for over a century estate Comtes Lafon is part of the Burgundian history, it takes its origins in the south-west of France, more specifically, in the Tarn and Garonne. In 1864, in Valence-sur-Agen (Valence-sur-Agen) was born Jules Joseph Barthelemy Lafon. His father Charles Lafon was registrar of land rights in the area, and later in the Pyrenees. Jules finished his studies and joined the State registration office, where in 1887 he was appointed inspector.
In 1894, Jules married Marie Bock, whose family was engaged in the sale of wine and had an estate in Meursault. In 1923, as mayor of Meursault, Jules Lafon revives the tradition of celebrating the completion of the harvest in the vineyards. And also for the owners of wine estates and workers, he invited his friends to a banquet, so was born the famous festival «Paulée de Meursault». In 1931, Jules devotes itself exclusively to the estate. Jules Lafont was not in 1940, it was an extremely interesting person, his hobbies included collecting art -gravyur, tapestries, furniture, coins and medals. Being highly intelligent, he had a large library, was a traveler and lover of adventure.
The estate that exists today, was largely based Jules Lafon and it is important to distinguish between sites, inherited from Marie Bock (many of which have been sold) from those that were purchased or expanded. Land inherited from Marie Bock: Montel - Le Dyures, Clos De La Bar, Volnay-Shampan, Volnay Santa du Miglio.
Land Acquisition: Montrachet (1918), Le Good d'Or, Le Zhenevrer-Dessus, Perrer Le, Le Volnay-Santno, Clos de Shen, of the Le Charm.
In 1944, after the death of Pierre Lafont, Henri Lafont decided to sell the estate, which already at that time was leased Cropper. But the son of Henri Rene, who at that time lived and worked in Paris, was against the idea. Rene interest in winemaking and viticulture forced him to leave Paris and move to Meursault. He took over the reins of the estate in 1956, significantly increasing the production of wine.
In 1984, at the head of the estate becomes Dominique Lafon and his brother Bruno. In 1987, they stop to take vineyards Cropper. Since then, the estate of 13.8 hectares is used exclusively Domaine de Comte Lafon. Currently run by the descendants of Jules Domain Lafont, Cherishing great legacy.
All 13.8 hectare estate - it's one of the best Cru region. Meursault, Puligny Montrachet and planted with Chardonnay, and Volne and Montel grows Pinot Noir. The average age of the vines - 32 years. Methods used in the vineyards and organic biodynamic farming. In 1998 he received a certificate domain of organic farming. The grapes are harvested by hand after many checks ripeness. First berries are selected collectors that eliminate unhealthy and unripe berries, grapes and then sorted at the winery. The main goal is to vinification only healthy berries. The wines are fermented in barrels, exposure lasts for about 2 years. Domaine de Comte Lafon owns the deep and cold cellar in Burgundy, where the mature one of the best Burgundy wines. The domain is today a leading manufacturer in Meursault, creating wines with astronomical depth, balance and complexity.