Mâcon-Chardonnay, Clos de la Crochette, Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon 2016
|Bottle Size||75 cl|
|Style||Dry and full|
|Drinking Guide||Drink or Keep|
Mâcon with the precision and class of a much more expensive Côte d'Or Burgundy, from a treasured walled vineyard belonging to Meursault luminary Dominique Lafon. Nutty straw, dried flowers and lemon on the nose and a creamy textured yet tautly steely, crisp palate with flavours of preserved lemon and walnuts. Lovely now but still developing. 13%.
I was asked what my favourite white grape was the other day and I instantly replied Chardonnay. I then felt a little sheepish at naming such an obvious choice. I suppose I drink more Chardonnay than any other white grape. I certainly have more in my cellar, although Riesling is not far behind. I just cannot live my life without top-flight Chablis, carefully picked Côte de Beaune stunners, lusty Adelaide Hills and Margaret River beauties, among others in Australia and, importantly, the elite wines coming out of the Mâconnais. If you can identify a handful of top producers in this part of the world you will pay less and drink better than if you try to chance it in the Côte d’Or. Lafon is a Titan in Meursault and the southerly outpost of this empire also makes thrilling wines. My featured single vineyard number is sublime. I cannot see why you would pay more when this smells and tastes like a wine which has a £50 price tag. The fruit, oak and acidity are in delightful harmony already – discreetly rich while retaining a clean, crisp finish. Buy all you can because Clos de la Crochette will amaze you with its grace.
…exceptionally linear and lemony for a Mâcon, showing the class of a top producer.