Magic from Mâcon: Héritiers du Comte Lafon 2020s

Magic from Mâcon

Héritiers du Comte Lafon 2020s

The eagerly anticipated 2020 Chardonnays from Dominique Lafon’s Héritiers du Comte Lafon are here! ‘Mâconnais growers are producing better wines than ever and they should be celebrating long overdue recognition’, writes Neal Martin, calling the 2020 vintage a certain success.

Dominique Lafon, the master of Meursault, has played a major role in the resurgence of Mâcon. ‘When Dominique Lafon acquired his first vines in Mâcon, it was a significant gesture, a statement that the world should start taking this region more seriously,’ explains Neal Martin.

These wines continue to rival some of their Côte d’Or neighbours in quality, offering a ‘terrific and cost-effective alternative’ for Chardonnay from Burgundy. Start with the Mâcon Villages 2020 for only R375, or try the sought-after single-vineyards of Saint-Véran, Milly-Lamartine, Uchizy, and Clos de la Crochette.

Magic from Mâcon: Héritiers du Comte Lafon 2020s

Some producers started and concluded their harvests in August, making the 2020 harvest the earliest in memory. The drier conditions resulted in a concentration of both flavour and acidity, but with lower alcohols. Dominique Lafon agrees, saying that the tartaric backbone of the 2020s gives them great energy.

‘How can a vintage so extreme produce wines that are so vibrant and fresh?’ asks William Kelley of the Wine Advocate. Find out with a case or more of these impressive, biodynamic wines – view the full range here. Also up for grabs are the last few magnums of Comtes Lafon Meursault 2019!

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