Dominique Lafon – 2019


Dominique Lafon 2020Tasted with Dominique Lafon at the Château de Bligny, 28 October 2020.

Domaine Dominique Lafon
Château de Bligny
14 Grande rue
21200 Bligny-lès-Beaune
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Dominique says that he loves to get hands dirty in the cellar but has less and less opportunity for that at the family domaine. Here it makes him happy to do his own thing.

This label now has 4 hectares of vines en fermage the rest of these wines are purchases. I see a couple more Beaunes and an aligoté compared to the 2014s I last tasted here.

The wines…

Such a safe pair of hands – excellent wines.

2019 Volnay
From the villages part of Les Lurets, the bottom of hill late-ripening here – not quite 25 hl/ha from these old vines. Late malos, finished in March
Quite a weight of aroma, but nothing overblown. Big, depth of flavour, complex flavour. Not elegant but giving you everything in an earnest way – the finish is the classiest part – but a wine that’s short of nothing.

2019 Beaune 1er Grèves
From three different areas
Higher toned. The palate is more forward than the nose, layered, faintly reductive, growing wide – very giving in the back-end and that’s a super finish.

2014 Beaune 1er Vignes Franches
1.4 ha of High vines next to the Clos des Mouches
A little oak spice here. Lovely shape and volume in the mouth. Oak spice in the flavour but that’s a super over-all flavour – a great finish.

2019 Beaune 1er Epenottes
These vines were once with Drouhin and are organic
Hmm, thats a super nose, here’s clarity of attractive red fruit. Layered, tasty, simply excellent wine in 2019. love – so seductive…

2019 Volnay 1er Lurets
Under Champans, the top part of Lurets, near Robardelles. There was once a plan to group everything here under one name, but somebody refused.
Here is a more open and perfumed, much more elegant aromatic. Direct, silky, melting with Volnay flavour. A great finale too – bravo!

Les blancs…

2019 Bourgogne Aligoté
Second vintage for this
Vibrant, clean aromas, a great invitation. Wide, energetic, great tasting, not a bit metallic, great flavour – refreshing, indeed an aligoté regenerate you!

2019 Bourgogne Blanc
Fermented in barrel, racked before harvest and for bottling in November. Grand Coutures in Meursault from 65-year-old vines, plus Femelottes in Puligny – trying to get this latter parcel classified as villages. Work done by Comtes Lafon team, there’s no certification, but the work is the same.
Also a nicely fresh and clean nose. Classic, indeed classy, long, tasty finishing, a little floral here too.

2019 Meursault
For bottling in the Spring – from the hill near Narvaux
Aromatically not fully open. The palate is wide, deep, textured and rich, but mouth-watering very well. A bit older style Meursault today but not oaky – really a great finish.

2019 Meursault Narvaux
0.5 hectares – High and low vines.
Nice intensity of aroma. More attack, incisive, long, almost floral a touch of oak here, but joyously finishing – wait 2 years.

2014 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Champs-Gains
These vines were once worked by Comtes Lafon and are now leased – owned by a doctor from Lille.
A little reductive but also floral too. Open, fine acidity, really a freshness of energy and vibrant too. Great finishing. Really yum!

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