Domaine des Comtes Lafon   Meursault Goutte dOr

1999 Meursault Goutte d'Or

By Domaine des Comtes Lafon

The 1996 Batard-Montrachet from Domaine Leflaive, Burgundy, France

In the illustrious pantheon of Burgundian whites, the 1996 Batard-Montrachet from Domaine Leflaive asserts itself with an aristocratic poise. This is a year that challenged the vintners, gifting them with an anomaly: a summer both torrid and mercurial, which ultimately sculpted wines of profound structure and longevity.


An Emblem of Vintage Distinction

The climate of '96 bestowed upon the Batard-Montrachet an unusually spirited dimension. As the grapes were cosseted by a warm start to the growing season, followed by cooler spells closer to harvest, this interplay produced a wine of riveting acidity matched with opulent richness. Each sip speaks of precision-engineered balance - a testament to the deft craftsmen at Domaine Leflaive.


The Investment Stature of a Sterling Vintage

For connoisseurs and investors alike, understanding the individual character of this particular harvest is paramount. The '96 vintage stands not merely as a fine example of what Domaine Leflaive can produce but also encapsulates an exemplary investment piece. Its ageing potential is remarkable; my recent tasting revealed a vitality that presages decades more of evolution for those with the patience to await its zenith.

With its radiant golden hue, the 1996 Batard-Montrachet holds forth aromas that have developed sumptuously over time, offering layers of toasted almonds, ripe orchard fruit, and a whisper of smoky minerality borne from Burgundy's revered terroir. This wine's graceful voyage through time marries intensity with elegance, hinting at its continued ascent in both complexity and value.

In conclusion, this exemplar from Domaine Leflaive offers a chorus of sensory delights — it is an investment in taste that promises dividends in pleasure and refinement. Such calibre is rarely encountered, making the 1996 Batard-Montrachet an unmissable opportunity for those who choose to grace their cellars with its presence. Its assured place in the annals of great vintages is already writ; what remains is for the astute investor to secure their part in its venerable story.

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The 1999 Meursault Goutte d'Or bursts from the glass with intense white peach, poached pear, and apricot aromas. Medium-bodied and possessing outstanding depth and concentration, this is a fat, plump, pear and peach-flavored wine. Its sexy personality lasts throughout its harmonious, long, and plush finish. 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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