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2016 Meursault Goutte d'Or

By Domaine des Comtes Lafon

2014 Bâtard-Montrachet from Domaine Leflaive, Burgundy, France

Exploring the illustrious terroirs of Burgundy, one is compelled to linger on the 2014 Bâtard-Montrachet from Domaine Leflaive – a vintage that harmoniously interlaces complexity and vivacity. The prestige of Domaine Leflaive's viticulture and the storied slopes of Bâtard-Montrachet combine to create an investment-worthy wine that conveys the richness of its lineage.


Understated Elegance Meets Exceptional Terroir

The 2014 varietal emerged from a growing season marked by erratic weather, culminating in a harvest that rewarded the vigilant vignerons. In this realm, Domaine Leflaive’s approach has been nothing short of masterful. Exacting control over yields and adroit adaptation to the climatic whims rendered a wine that is sumptuously layered and replete with potential.

This noble Chardonnay expresses itself with toasty nuances, flinty undertones and an enchanting bouquet of ripe citrus fruits interwoven with a hint of almond. On the palate, it reveals a grand structure enveloped in creamy textures that allow its sophisticated acidity to dance upon one's tastes. With time, it unfurls further in the glass, presenting a sensuous mosaic of honeyed pear and minerality.


An Alchemy of Time and Nature

It’s in the alchemy between time and nature, which is vividly encapsulated in this esteemed bottle from Domaine Leflaive. While it instantly beguiles with its youthful energy, the graceful evolution of the 2014 Bâtard-Montrachet promises continued growth. Decanting will coax forth its eloquence; however, patient cellaring will undoubtedly be rewarded as this wine strides towards its apogee with indomitable grace.

For investors seeking to diversify their portfolios with formidable vintages, the 2014 Bâtard-Montrachet from Domaine Leflaive stands as a stellar candidate. Its provenance from Burgundy’s celebrated plot, combined with Domaine Leflaive’s renowned custodianship, cements it as an acquisition poised to thrive amidst both connoisseurs' collections and the intricate dynamics of fine wine markets.

All told, this 2014 Bâtard-Montrachet is a testament to Domaine Leflaive's mastery over one of Burgundy's most revered Grand Cru vineyards—a finely woven narrative of climate, soil, and expertise in every sip. As we look back upon the distinct climate and conditions that defined Burgundy's 2014 vintage, this wine stands forth as one which has both captured and transcended its moment in time—a sage investment for those seeking excellence nurtured within the embrace of Mother Nature's vicissitudes.

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The 2016 Meursault Goutte d’Or has impressive delineation on the nose, much more than the Meursault Boucheres, sporting better tension and vigor. The palate is quite tensile on the opening, less mellifluous than the Boucheres and demonstrating greater terroir expression. This is certainly showing more potential than other barrel samples from the domaine, though I would afford it a couple of years in bottle.

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 29 December 2017

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