- Presentation of the winery
Jules Joseph Barthelemy Lafon, a native of Tarn-et-Garonne, is the creator of Domaine des Comtes Lafon. Born in 1864, his job of controller in the administration led him to settle in Dijon in 1887. He married in 1894 Marie Boch, daughter of a merchant-owner of Meursault. Involved in local life, Jules Lafon, then Mayor of Meursault, restored in 1923 the end of harvest meal, the "Paulée de Meursault", still being practiced each year. He abandoned his professional duties in 1931 to devote himself to the family estate, which he will extend through the purchase of several Premiers Crus: Genevrières, Perrières, Charmes and a parcle of Grand Cru : famous Montrachet.
At his death, the estate is partly given in sharecropping, and Henry, after the untimely death of his brother Pierre, undertook to sell the vines. His nephew René opposed himself to this decision, and became head of the estate in 1956. He undertook the restoration of the vineyards, and made important replanting. In 1961, for the first time, the entire harvest is bottled.
Dominique Lafon, current domain manager, succeeded his father in 1984, and began in 1987 to break the sharecropping contracts. Since 1993, all the vines are directly operated by the Domaine des Comtes Lafon.
The area has 16.30 hectares of vines, planted 1/3 Pinoit Noir, 2/3 Chardonnay, spread over 4 towns and producing 15 appellations. The production method is biodynamic since the 1998 vintage, and the estate got the Organic Agriculture certification that year. The production quality is ensured upstream in the vines, whose average age is high, worked without fertilizer and through manual harvesting and aging of wines for many months before bottling.
The vineyards of Meursault, in the heart of the Côte de Beaune, lay on an exceptional terroir between calcareous and marl soils. White Meursault has a pale gold color with greenish tones. The nose is of great delicacy, as well as a complexity (many and varied flavors, changing depending on the climate). In the mouth, the white Meursault has a rare density, a fine and deep structure. This is a very harmonious wine, whose balances are perfect (fat / acidity, floral and mineral aromas). The Domaine des Comtes Lafon is recognized for the excellence of its productions, and Meursault-Perrières are described as "impressive" by the tasters. Good acidity and present fruit aromas have made 2008 a great vintage.