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Dominique Lafon, Beaune 1er Cru Greves, 2019

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Dominique Lafon has Burgundy in his blood. He’s managed his family’s domaine — Domaine des Comtes Lafon — since the 1980s, and in the decades since, he’s embarked on not one, but two, solo projects. His great-grandfather was Mayor of Meursault in the 1920s, but Dominique is arguably godfather of the entire region.

He’s a dynamic winemaker: unapologetically brash at times, yet remarkably sensitive and curious. When he took over from his father, who never worked in the vines, Dominique insisted on a more hands-on approach; he learned how to ride a tractor (much to the delight and incredulity of his more tractor-savvy neighbors), and farming was converted to organic and biodynamics.
But managing the family estate wasn't enough. No, Dominique wanted to make a name for himself, so in 2008 he purchased a handful of parcels in Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet, Volnay and Beaune. He believes the wines under his own label have greater tension and minerality than those of Domaine des Comtes Lafon, and credits a shorter élévage and higher-elevation vines for this effect.

Professional Reviews

Burghound

BH 92
"A deft application of wood sets off more deeply pitched aromas that include those of poached plum, black cherry and warm earth. The rich, vibrant and robust middle weight plus flavors possess both good richness and definition while displaying a subtle bead of minerality on the more structured and youthfully austere finale. This bold effort will require at least some patience. This is good stuff and very Grèves."

Robert Parker

RP 92
"Purchased as grapes from three different parcels, Lafon's 2019 Beaune 1er Cru Les Grèves unwinds in the glass with aromas of plums, warm spices and toasty new oak. Medium to full-bodied, deep and fleshy, it's more concentrated than the Vignes Franches, and more structured, too. This has fine potential." -Robert Parker

Details

  • Grape Variety

    Chardonnay

  • Vintage

    2019

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Organic

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Light Bodied

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