(bottled in July; a blend of two big east-facing vineyards located far from the river at an altitude of 400 meters, picked at the end in 2015, on September 9; done in foudres and demi-muids): Subtle aromas of lemon and white flowers. Rich but tight, showing a youthful sweet/sour quality owing to its very sound acidity for the year (4.5 grams per liter, according to Gon, who noted that she did no acidification in 2015). Saline more than fruity today and in need of time in bottle to harmonize.
Score: 88+ points -- Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, Sept 2016
NOTE: This is the large format 1.5L magnum size bottle
CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC PIONEERED BY THE LEGENDARY DOMINIQUE LAFON HILLTOP, SINGLE SITE PARCELS IN THE MACONNAIS EXCLUSIVE USE OF LARGE NEUTRAL WOOD WINEMAKER CAROLINE GON DELIVERS LASER PURE CHARDONNAY Founded in 1999 by Dominique Lafon, Héritiers du Comte Lafon is his trailblazing, biodynamic Mâconnais domaine. These world class Chardonnay display what this magical region is capable of producing. Historically, the Mâconnais was known for industrially farmed, volume driven wines. Dominique was the first Cote d’Or producer to invest in the immense potential hidden in those rolling hills by buying higher altitude, old vine parcels with the intent of letting this beautiful terroir (perhaps the most picturesque wine region in the world) reach its full potential. He started by converting all of the vineyards to biodynamic farming –the Lafon way! Early on, he strived to preserve the fruit and minerality of the region by using only larger, neutral wood for the aging of the wines. His belief and passion for the region has made Héritiers a towering beacon for fine wine in the previously overlooked Chardonnay mecca. In 2006, he appointed longtime apprentice Caroline Gon as head winemaker of the domaine. Under her tireless and inspired leadership, the gospel of quality Mâconnais is spreading far and wide, with a clear and definitive voice.