WS89, AG88, AM89
Winery/Brand: Les Heritiers du Comte Lafon
Area: St Veran Valley
Wine Spectator: 89
Anotnio Galloni: 88+
Allen Meadow: 89
Type: White Wine
Grapes Varieties: chardonnay
Packing: Original Carton of 6 bottles
Production: 900 cases
AM89 OUTSTANDING! Once again there is a smoky reductive note adding a bit of breadth to the white orchard fruit, citrus, and discreet floral scents. There is slightly more volume to the nicely rich and appealingly textured medium weight flavors that possess unusually good power in the context of what is typical for the appellation, all wrapped in a clean, dry, and sneaky long finish. This too offers good quality for St. Véran.
WS89 A whiff of clove leads off, followed by vanilla, butterscotch, and grapefruit flavors. Features a hint of bitter citrus peel on the finish. Drink now. 900 cases made.
AG88+ (just bottled; made from multiple sites with southern exposure): Bright, light yellow. Highly perfumed, liqueur-like aromas of orange oil, mirabelle, and spices. Then surprisingly juicy and light on its feet, and less ripe than the nose suggests. Rather firm acidity here is a bit spiky in the early going. Gon noted that this fruit had thick skins and little juice, suggesting some impact from the drought. I'd forget about this wine for at least two years.