Meursault Benchmark:
2018 Comtes Lafon Meursault Clos de la Barre

Posted by Ian McFadden

Lafon has been on a tear in recent vintages and the 2018s really drive this point home.

When it comes to riper vintages, Lafon's wines are often amazing. Even with high expectations, the 2018s are seriously impressive. 

photo of Lafon vineyard

If you're looking for evidence why Lafon, along with Roulot and Coche-Dury, is considered the gold standard for Meursault, the 2018s make a compelling case. They have incredible drive and precision along with plenty of punch. 

Clos de la Barre is one of Lafon's iconic wines. This monopole of Lafon's is one of the great examples of villages level Meursault. Sourced from mostly old vines, including ones planted in 1950, with shallow clay soils over hard limestone subsoils, the wine is a mineral tour de force with plenty of class.  

The 2018 has a thundering complexity with a beautiful drive. Burghound is spot on when he highlights the "chiseled, linear and bone-dry finale". It combines intensity with a sleek verve. 

I'm going to wrap this up. Clos de la Barre has a huge following among Burgundy fanatics. I rarely get to offer the wine and whenever I do, a quick sell-out is inevitable. 

To order, email offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden
Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

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Burghound: "There is a phenolic note (think olive or nut oil elements) to the notably ripe white and yellow orchard fruit that includes hints of apricot, white peach and passion fruit. There is better verve to the delicious medium-bodied flavors that possess fine mid-palate density that is offset by the firm acid spine supporting the chiseled, linear and bone-dry finale. This is more tightly wound than it usually is and should also reward extended cellaring."