About This Wine...
“A rich, sensual, sophisticated wine with layers of orange peel, peaches and grapefruit; textured and full-bodied and hugely enjoyable” Wilson on Wine 2019: The Wines to Drink This Year
“A delicious, sensual, sophisticated wine with layers of orange peel, peaches and grapefruit; textured and rich with layers of unctuous fruit kept in check by a mineral acidity.” Irish Times, December 2018
100% Chardonnay grown on vines planted between 1982 and 1987 and sourced from multiple parcels in the commune of Milly-Lamartine. The vineyards are exposed east-facing, and the soil composition is limestone and clay, and is fairly rocky.
The vines are worked according to organic and biodynamic agricultural practices. Harvesting is done by hand.
VINIFICATION: Two-thirds are vinified in foudre (oval wooden vats containing 45 to 48 hL) and one-third is vinified in demi-muids (barrels containing between 500 and 700L). After fermentation, the wine ages on its fine lees for seven to eight months before racking and preparation for bottling. Bottling occurs in July or August.
Dominique Lafon was one of the first Côte d’Or superstar winemakers to venture into the Mâconnais: in 1999 he bought vineyards around Milly-Lamartine and created a range of wines under the label Les Héritiers du Comtes Lafon. As in Meursault, these wines are produced Biodynamically and are single vineyard wines. The Clos de la Crochette was one of the very first sites to be planted by the monks of Cluny over 1,000 years ago and is thought to be where Chardonnay vines were first planted. These are wines of exceptional quality and bring Mâcon wines to a different level.