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Heritiers du Comte Lafon Vire-Clesse 2018

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Winemaker Notes

Sourced from multiple parcels in the Viré commune.

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BH 92
A relatively high-toned nose combines notes of pear and apple compote with those of floral and citrus scents. Once again there is very good volume to the caressing but almost painfully intense flavors that coat the palate on the textured and sneaky long finish. Good stuff.
Barrel Sample: 89-92
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2018 Viré-Clessé opens in the glass with notes of citrus oil, fresh peach, blanched almonds and hints of orange blossom. Medium to full-bodied, satiny and incisive, it's fleshy and layered, with a bright spine of acidity and a pretty core of fruit.

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Heritiers du Comte Lafon

Heritiers du Comte Lafon

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Heritiers du Comte Lafon, France
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Founded in 1999 by Dominique Lafon, Héritiers du Comte Lafon is his trailblazing, biodynamic Maconnais domaine. These world class Chardonnay display what this magical region is capable of producing. Historically, the Maconnais was known for industrially farmed, volume driven wines. Dominique was the first Cote d’Or producers 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 Maconnais is spreading far and wide, with a clear and definitive voice.

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Viré-Clessé Wine

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Inhabiting the best of the upper half of the Mâconnais, Viré-Clessé, created from the delineation of the two top Mâcon Villages, produces lively, charming and full-bodied whites (of Chardonnay). Lemon balm, verbena, white peach, and mint evolve with graceful age to quince jam, spice, pine and brown butter. The aromatic intensity of Viré-Clessé suits itself to herb-laden poultry, as well as sautéed shrimp or vegetables. It is also the perfect partner to Camembert or goat cheese.

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.

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