Domaine des Comtes Lafon   Meursault 1er Cru Charmes

2002 Meursault 1er Cru Charmes

By Domaine des Comtes Lafon

2000 Montrachet from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, Burgundy, France

As the millennium turned, those bestowed with the intuition to tend their vineyards with utmost finesse and precision were rewarded with a vintage that, two decades on, remains a beacon of Burgundian excellence. The 2000 Montrachet from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti is one such luminary, its every sip an ode to the legendary craftsmanship of its creatrix.


A Vintage Defined by Precision and Grace

The climatic intricacies of the 2000 growing season in Burgundy bestowed an exceptional temperament upon the chardonnay grapes nurtured within the fabled confines of Montrachet. This particular year was marked by fluctuating patterns that called for sagacious vigilance in the vineyard. Fortunately, the adept vignerons at Domaine de la Romanee-Conti manifested their generations of wisdom to coax a harvest both bountiful and of profound quality.

The wine doesn’t just occupy the glass; it asserts command over it, presenting a golden hue that heralds its esteemed provenance. Austere yet generous, this vintage exudes an aromatic tête-à-tête between ripe stone fruits and a complex foundation of toasted almonds and crème pâtissière. In time, the allure of tertiary nuances—dried honeycomb and a faint echo of minerality—whisk the senses to the terroir's heart.


Harmonious Investment Potential

For investors seeking a remarkable addition to their portfolio, it is wines such as the 2000 Montrachet from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti that offer both a storied past and a promising horizon. The pursuit of such a vintage isn't merely an act of acquisition; it's participation in vinous history itself.

To indulge in this offering is to understand the lexicon of luxury. It retains extraordinary balance, its weight tempered by ethereal acidity. Poised at the edge of its maturation plateau now, this Montrachet commands attention from both connoisseurs and investors, promising further evolution for those patient enough to afford it time.

As we continue our search for investible vintages that embody both rarity and distinction, let us affirm that the 2000 Montrachet from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti remains one of the last vestiges of a defining age in Burgundian winemaking. Amongst peers, it maintains its stature; as part of a curated collection, it shines with unbridled potential.

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Lafon’s 2002 Meursault Charmes is exceptional. Its awesome aromatics display spiced oak, peach, apricot, and yellow plum scents. Medium to full-bodied, decadent, and expansive, this intense, decadent wine bursts on the palate with silky, powerful waves of spices and yellow fruits. Even though it has massive richness and a broad-shouldered, muscular character, this beauty also displays graceful elegance. Projected maturity: now-2013. Importers: Various including Classic Wine Imports, Boston, MA; tel. (617) 731-6644, and Beaune Imports.

Pierre Rovani - The Wine Advocate, 26 February 2004

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