Domaine des Comtes Lafon   Meursault 1er Cru Charmes

2015 Meursault 1er Cru Charmes

By Domaine des Comtes Lafon

2013 Montrachet from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, Burgundy, France

In the tapestry of fine wines, the 2013 Montrachet from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti is a splendid patchwork of complexity and grace. With my tenure in assessing the nuances and whispers of terroir in wines, this particular vintage from Burgundy's hallowed grounds stands as a profound expression of both time and place.


Poetry in a Bottle: The Nuances of an Exceptional Vintage

Embarking on a journey with the 2013 vintage reveals an intricate dance of elements—a testimony to the vigilant craftsmanship at Domaine de la Romanee-Conti. Despite the climactic challenges of that year, which witnessed a restrained yield, the essence captured in each bottle narrates a story of resolute will against naturality's whims.

The 2013 Montrachet carries a chorus of minerality that belies its difficult birth. Hints of orchard fruit tether gracefully with nuanced nods to citrus zest and almond cream. A textural finesse enrobes the palate, achieving a harmonious balance struck meticulously through ageing in seasoned oak—a reverent nod to tradition and meticulous winemaking.


An Investable Heritage: Tasting History with Each Sip

Investors searching for genuine pedigree in their portfolios will understand the charm wielded by the 2013 Montrachet. It stands resolutely as one of the markers of an enduring legacy, reflective not only of its prestigious lineage but also its potential for favourable maturation. With limited quantities due to the vintage's lower yields, the significance and collectability are ever pronounced.

Encountering this Montrachet is to encounter Burgundy at its most exposed yet defiantly accomplished moment. It encapsulates a narrative wherein the winemakers have transcended obstacles with deft precision, promising an experience laden with layers waiting patiently to unveil themselves further with time.

In closing this tableau-vivant depiction, consider the 2013 Montrachet from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti not solely as a beverage but as an immersive tale. One where every taste offers a verse, every glass a chapter in the anthology of sublime wine investment potential. This offering endows collectors with more than just nuance; it embodies a snippet of oenological history—an asset worth treasuring.

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From barrel, I preferred Lafon's 2015 Meursault 1er Cru Charmes to his Perrières, and that preference manifested itself a year and a half later under blind conditions. Wafting from the glass with aromas of crisp peach, yellow orchard fruit, nutmeg and honey, it's a full-bodied, layered and multidimensional wine with terrific depth and concentration but rendered in a satiny, elegant style. Pure, precise and beautifully delineated, it was bottled under Diam 30.

William Kelley - The Wine Advocate, 31 October 2018

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