Montrachet, Domaine des Comtes Lafon 2012


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Tasting Notes

**Note: from two parcels totaling .33 ha on the Chassagne side, one with 25+ year old vines and the other with 45+ year old vines**
Once again the reduction is sufficiently prominent to completely dominate the fruit. There is excellent freshness and terrific intensity to the imposingly-scaled flavors that brim with seemingly endless reserves of dry extract on the balanced, hugely long and explosive finish that really fans out as it sits on the palate. In contrast to many vintages of this storied wine that require a minimum of 10 to 12 years of cellaring before it can be drunk with pleasure, the 2012 version should be approachable after only 5 to 7 years even though my sense of the time required for full maturity is more on the order of 12 to 15.

Score: 93/95Allen Meadows, (55), June 2014

Tasted blind at the Burgundy 2012 tasting in Beaune. The 2012 Montrachet Grand Cru from Dominique Lafon is much more reduced on the nose compared to Marquis de Laguiche: waxier in style, less mineral-driven, sporting resinous scents that don't quite "sing" of Montrachet. The palate is fresh and crisp, a little shrillness on the entry with a sharp citric thread of acidity, finishing in more accomplished fashion than the nose augured with a saline aftertaste. It is quite amazing how this Montrachet magically gains more and more precision in the glass. It is a different style Montrachet to Laguiche but equally compelling.

Score: 98Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (221), October 2015

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