Vire Clesse Magnum

2015 Vire Clesse Magnum Heritiers Du Comte Lafon

  • Classification:
    Village
  • Color:
    White
  • Appellation:
    Vire Clesse
  • Volume:
    1.5L
  • Grape Type:
    Chardonnay
  • Packaging:
    OC x 6
  • Stock Location:
    France
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Wine Critics Notes:

Allen Meadows - Score: 90 (43009)

The reduction displayed by some of the prior wines is also present here and in this case it's prominent enough to warrant a thorough aeration. On the plus side there is very good precision and underlying tension to the delicious and energetic middle weight flavors that are shaped by citrus-tinged acidity on the very dry and moderately firm finale. While this should certainly reward a few years of bottle age it is sufficiently forward that it could be enjoyed young.

Vinous - Score: 91+ (42644)

(these vines range in age from 4 to 80 years old: Lafon has seven hectares and selects the best three or four for this cuvée, with the idea of making a fresh, dry wine; aged mostly in demi-muids): Bright yellow. Elegant nose combines aromas of vineyard peach, flowers, minerals and curry (the latter a "marker" of the vintage in the Mâconnais, according to Caroline Gon), lifted by spicy oak notes of clove and nutmeg. Very rich and concentrated, with yellow peach and mineral flavors and a very firm, long finish. The crop level in 2015 was about 30 hectoliters per hectare, which Gon told me is a lot better than the 10 to 15 they got when the team started working these vineyards in 2009.