Les Heritiers du Comte Lafon, AOC/AOP Macon-Villages, Maconnais, Burgundy, 2012
This wine is in a series of 3 in descending quality:
Village and regional appellations of the Maconnais
At the village level are: Pouilly-Fuisse, Pouilly-Loche, Pouilly-Vinzelles, Saint-Veran and Vire-Clesse.
At the regional level are: Macon, Macon-Villages (oft a step up from Macon), and Macon followed by the name of the village, eg Macon Lugny.
This wine: Varietal chardonnay, from the village of Milly-Lamartine, 6km north of the Rock of Solutre, on argilo-calcareous (clay-limestone) soils, with east through south exposure. Biodynamic in conversion, varietal chardonnay, screw cap closure, 13% abv, BBR, £17
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity lemon, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, of medium (+) intensity, youthful, with aromas of ripe green apple with hints of bruised apple, grapefruit flesh and a little anise-like spice, honey and apricot, and a low-key rich floral note.
Palate: a dry wine, with medium (+) acidity, a moderate gummy grip, medium alcohol and a medium (+) body, with a smooth texture, medium intensity, with flavours of sweet ripe apple, baked apple flesh, background grapefruit and lemon pith, and a warmer hint of stone fruit. A medium (+) length with a clean apple-citrus, moderately gummy finish.
Quality: a good quality wine, well made with fresh acidity appropriate to the alcohol and flavour intensity, which appear harmonious overall. The rich fruity flavours are augmented by a spicy note, this together with the noticeable grip on the gums suggests a little elevage in old oak, which has added some texture too. Modesty is key to this wine – intensity of flavour, complexity and concentration, and length – made for drinking sooner than later.
Readiness for drinking/potential for ageing: ready to drink now and will hold for a year or two, but whilst having the balance, it has neither the intensity nor complexity to support development/improvement with cellaring.