Domaine des Comtes Lafon   Meursault 1er Cru Charmes

1999 Meursault 1er Cru Charmes

By Domaine des Comtes Lafon

1996 Montrachet from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, Burgundy, France

The 1996 vintage in Burgundy stands as a beacon of remarkable balance and structure, and the Montrachet from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti encapsulates this excellence with unwavering grace. As we delve into the complexities of this particular year, one is reminded that every vintage tells its own tale, and the 1996 Montrachet’s narrative is one of sublime finesse and enduring potential.


A Vintage Shaped by the Elements

The year 1996 bestowed upon Burgundy's vignerons a challenging yet rewarding growing season. A relatively cool summer justified judicious care in the vineyards. Though the approach towards autumn brought worries of underripeness, an eleventh-hour amelioration in weather coaxed the grapes towards optimal maturation. This turn of fortune is palpably etched into each sip of the '96 Montrachet, offering an extraordinary opportunity for wine investment with both immediate allure and longevity to reward patience.


Terroir Meets Technique

Clutching to its roots deep within Burgundy’s most hallowed soil, the '96 Montrachet unveils intense aromatics—ripe peach and bouquet garni effortlessly mingle with toasted hazelnut notes. An audacious yet precise acidity punctuates the lush richness characteristic of this noble Chardonnay. On the palate, it orchestrates a symphony: robust yet refined, with an enviable tension that bespeaks its age-worthy pedigree.

The assiduous efforts of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti manifest in their acute attention to detail: rigorous selection in the vineyard and deftness in the cellar that allows the true narrative of this transcendent terroir to be vividly told through its wine.


Investment Potential: Cultivating Excellence

The astute investor recognizes that '96 Montrachet from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti harbors immense potential. Its profound complexity is matched by a formidable structure poised to evolve magnificently. Furthermore, with each passing year, this exquisite expression becomes an increasingly rare gem—one that connotes not only opulence on the palate but sagacity in the portfolio.

In summary, when considering a wine capable of quintessential expression and promising appreciation, one need look no further than the 1996 Montrachet from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti—a paramount embodiment of Burgundian prowess blended seamlessly with the unique climatic blessings of its vintage.

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Talcum powder, perfume, and flowers can be discerned in the aromatics of the 1999 Meursault Les Charmes. Medium-bodied and silky, it offers toast, mineral, white currant, and crisp pear flavors. It is tangy, flavorful, extremely well-balanced, and graceful. This wine also boasts an admirably long, smooth finish. Drink it over the next 7-9 years. Importers: Various including Classic Wine Imports, Boston, MA; tel: (617) 731-6644, and Ex Cellars, Solvang, CA; tel (805) 686-9153.

Pierre Rovani - The Wine Advocate, 27 February 2001

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