Domaine des Comtes Lafon

The stellar reputation of this property is built on outstanding raw materials allied to great winemaking. Three generations ago, domaine founder Jules Lafon assembled significant holdings at the heart of the very best sites of Meursault and Volnay. Winemaker Dominique Lafon, following on from his innovative, technically-minded father in 1986, has built on this rich legacy, taking full control of the viticulture previously contracted out to métayers and bringing the domaine’s red wines up to the extraordinary standard the whites. Late-harvested, low-yielding Meursault vines give dramatic, concentrated juice which is transformed, via prolonged barrel-maturation, into creamy, lees-rich wine with remarkable ageing potential.

These wines are offered on an allocation basis.

General information

  • Country

    France

  • Region

    Meursault, Côte de Beaune, Burgundy

  • Total holdings

    16.3ha

  • Winemaker

    Dominique Lafon

  • Established

    1869

  • Cultivation

    Organic (certified), biodynamic (since 1998, not certified)

  • Website

    www.comtes-lafon.fr

Wines produced

Wine Grapetype(s) Vine age Soil type Vineyard area
Meursault Chardonnay 1953, 56, 75 Mixture 2.55ha
Meursault Clos de la Barre Chardonnay 1950, 75, 99, 04 Clay with hard limestone substrate 2.12ha
Meursault Désirée Chardonnay 2008 Thick red clay 0.45ha
Meursault 1er cru Charmes Chardonnay 1946, 63, 96 Deep clay-limestone, rocky subsoil 1.71ha
Meursault 1er cru Genevrières Chardonnay 1956 & 1993 Lighter, limestone-rich 0.55ha
Meursault 1er cru Perrières Chardonnay 1955 & 1983 Shallow white limestone and marl 0.91ha
Montrachet grand cru Chardonnay 1953 & 1972 Dark, deep, rocky soils 0.32ha
Volnay 1er cru Champans Pinot Noir 1922 & 1989 Limestone with small stones 0.52ha
Volnay Santenots du Milieu 1er cru Pinot Noir 1944, 62, 65, 78, 96, 02 Shallow red clay soil, hard limestone substrate 3.78ha

Viticulture / Vinification

White wines

  • Indigenous yeasts used for fermentations
  • Favours early picking, very early for whites
  • Organic viticulture results in higher acid wines
  • Élevage in barrique
  • One racking
  • Moved to tank in January/February - experimenting with extended time in tank - adds tension
  • Bottling begins in April
  • Bottles with Diam 30 corks from the 2013 vintage

Red wines

  • Favours early picking, wants a maximum of 13% abv for reds
  • Fermentation with indigenous yeasts
  • All destemmed
  • Bottles with Diam 30 corks from the 2013 vintage