If it wasn’t for the Maconnais project, I would normally not pop a Comte Lafon wine just like that. However, thanks to Dominique Lafon and his beliefs in the Mâcon wines potential, I’m now getting Lafon wines with that vibrant smoky mineral I simply can’t get enough of! For just a fraction of the Mersault bottlings price….
His vineyards in Maconnais are treated just like the Cote de Beaune versions; green harvesting, biodynamic viticulture, yield control and just lots of love. My favorite amongst the different sites are the Clos du Four in Mâcon-Milly-Lamartine, the steeliest of Lafon’s Mâcon wines.
Tasted twice the last year, the 2008 Clos du Four is a terroirist’s dream. I just love this wine! It’s oozing of cool wet rocks, Granny Smith, gun flint, lemon peel and to add depth, there’s this subtle tropical scent as well. Purity at its finest!
Steely minerality, lots of fruit and razor sharp acidity. Some Granny Smith, pineapple, peaches, herbs and lemon. Gun flint. Long, clean finish. Bone dry. Still young and probably needing yet a year. Not my problem anymore though, since I couldn’t stop pop…
2008 Clos du Four, Mâcon-Milly-Lamartine, H. du Comte Lafon, 91-92 p
PS. Also check out the Les Maranches, Clos de la Crochette and the Viré-Clessé. Awesome Chardonnays at 18-25 Euros.