2015 Domaine des Comtes Lafon "Les Genevrieres" 1er Cru

SKU #1349433 91-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This too is quite firmly reduced and about all that can be discerned is a trace of oak toast. The mouth feel of the much finer and less imposingly scaled flavors evidence a lovely minerality on the sappy finish that is both slightly more complex and more persistent. Despite being notably less powerful this is beautifully balanced and should easily repay up to a decade of keeping.  (6/2017)

94 points John Gilman

 Last year, the Genevrières was my favorite premier cru in the cellars, and it is again absolutely stellar in the 2015 vintage. This is classic Genevrières on the nose (perhaps Meursault’s most elegant wine), wafting from the glass in a fine mix of apple, pear, passion fruit, salty minerality, hazelnut, iodine and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and very refined, with a fine core, bright, zest acids, excellent focus and grip and a very, very long, complex and classy finish. (Drink between 2016-2035)  (11/2016)

94 points Vinous

 (bottled a week before my visit): Discreet, subtly spiced aromas of apple and lime blossom (Lafon noted that a bottle he opened the day before my visit was more reduced). Wonderfully precise, elegant, gingery wine with a lovely combination of energy and richness. This very pure, classic Genevrières boasts considerable early charm but should age very well. Really saturates the palate and dances on the long, scented finish. (ST)  (9/2017)

93 points Decanter

 The Genevrières is a supremely pretty wine this year, introduced by notes of crisp orchard fruit, crème pâtissière and white flowers, which lead into a texturally refined, elegant wine with deceptive depth, length and saline minerality through the tangy finish.Drinking Window 2020 - 2040. (WK)  (10/2017)

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.
Specific Appellation:

Meursault

- The town of Meursault is a prosperous village, with a Gothic town hall and narrow winding streets. It produces a small amount of red wine, but is justly famous for its whites. Although it has no Grand Cru vineyards, its Premiers Crus are justly famous, particularly Charmes, Poruzots, Perrières and Genevrières. A good Meursault has concentration, grip and backbone, in addition to its soft and rich fruit.