Domaine des Comtes Lafon   Meursault 1er Cru Charmes

2000 Meursault 1er Cru Charmes

By Domaine des Comtes Lafon

1997 Montrachet from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Burgundy, France

The heralded 1997 vintage in Burgundy was a year of ample yields and ripe fruit expression, and the Montrachet from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti stands testament to the exceptional craft to be found in this esteemed Burgundian domaine. Ensuring that 1997 didn't simply fall into obscurity after the rip-roaring successes of '95 and '96, this particular Montrachet vintage has more than asserted its rightful place in the pantheon of greats.


A Vintage of Distinction

Tasting the 1997 Montrachet now provides an indisputably opulent encounter, bespeaking its age with a regal bearing. The wine exhibits a generosity on the nose, overflowing with aromas of ripe stone fruits, toasted hazelnuts, and a wisp of vanilla; a grand overture that coaxes the taster into its depths.

On the palate, the wine unfolds gracefully, integrating lush peach and pear tastes with an underpinning minerality - hallmark to the limestone-rich soils of Burgundy. The extra time in bottle has only served to harmonize these flavours with the subtler notes of spice and honey, creating a seamless tapestry of complexity.


Investment Merits: Asset with Graceful Ageing

For the astute wine investor seeking out bottles with provenance and ageing potential, 1997 Montrachet from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti is a paragon. Its maturity is balanced by an enduring vibrancy, suggesting that this wine will continue to unfurl its pedigree for years to come.

Without question, this offering is a compelling addition to any serious collection. Patrons considering their portfolios would be well-advised not to overlook the investment qualities inherent within this particular Montrachet vintage. As we taste and reflect upon such vintages, they not only tell a story of their birth year but also prove a maturation potential that yields dividends both sensorial and financial.


Finishes Like a Time-Honoured Symphony

The 1997 Montrachet closes with finesse, delivering a lingering finish that recalls serene orchard walks and illustrious evenings by the fireplace. Much like a well-thumbed tome on viticulture history, it captivates not just for its contents but for the whispered anecdotes between its pages – those subtle nuances that distinguish not just any Montrachet from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, but specifically the one graced by the climatic subtleties of 1997.

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The mineral, apple, and pear-scented 2000 Meursault Charmes is a wine that combines both power and finesse. It explodes on the palate with candied pear, butter, anise, and spiced apple flavors that, while highly expressive, seem delicate and lace-like. It is medium-bodied, precise, and exceptionally long in the finish. Drink it over the next 10 years. Importers: Various including Classic Wine Imports, Boston, MA; tel. (617) 731-6644, and Beaune Imports.

Pierre Rovani - The Wine Advocate, 20 December 2001

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