Domaine des Comtes Lafon   Meursault Goutte dOr

2000 Meursault Goutte d'Or

By Domaine des Comtes Lafon

1997 Batard-Montrachet from Domaine Leflaive, Burgundy, France

The year 1997 in Burgundy was greeted by vintners with a mix of trepidation and anticipation, following an unpredictable season that ultimately yielded wines of resonance and unexpected longevity. Among these enigmatic offerings, the 1997 Batard-Montrachet from Domaine Leflaive emerges as a model of opulence finely interwoven with the hallmark finesse attributed to this esteemed Burgundian producer.


A Study in Patience and Precision

Upon its release, enthusiasts were cautioned to cellar the 1997 Batard-Montrachet, promising a future where patience would be richly rewarded. As a wine critic with an abiding interest in the evolving narratives of Burgundy's produce, I have observed and savored the slow unfurling of this wine's complexities through the decades. Those who heeded such advice now find themselves custodians of a truly venerable vintage.


The Vintage’s Unique Expression

The 1997 Batard-Montrachet articulates its narrative through a palette that balances ripe stone fruits and blossoming florals with an undercurrent of nuanced minerality—a signature whisper of its limestone-rich terroir. Domaine Leflaive's judicious batonnage and restrained oak regimen championed the vintage's intrinsic qualities, infusing vitality into a cohort otherwise resigned to early maturity.

Maturity has graced this wine with a tapestry of toasted almond and honeysuckle, threaded delicately over the structured weight one wishes for in a Montrachet. The finish—long, dignified, and expressive—articulates both the triumphs and challenges inherent within the 1997 season.

For investors and collectors alike, securing allocations of the 1997 Batard-Montrachet from Domaine Leflaive signifies an accolade to one’s portfolio; embodying both a storied pedigree and an exemplar expression of vintage diversity. In a present where Burgundian whites command ever greater esteem, such provenance not only enchants the palate but fortifies one's investment trajectory.


In Vino Veritas: A Vintage That Defies Expectation

The multi-layered odyssey that is the 1997 Batard-Montrachet from Domaine Leflaive has not reached its denouement; it continues to enrapture those fortunate enough to partake in its journey. With each uncorking, it deftly reveals new chapters—each sip a verse in the poetry of fine wine investment. The vintage bears testimony to the artistry of Domaine Leflaive and stands as one of Burgundy's emblematic triumphs over a challenging season—an allegory for poise amidst adversity.

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The 2000 Meursault Goutte d'Or explodes from the glass with buttered spices, smoky pears, and toasted apples. Medium to full-bodied and velvety-textured, this is a soft, juicy, plump wine. Copious quantities of super-ripe white fruits can be found throughout its expressive character as well as in its admirably long, pure finish. Projected maturity: now-2010. 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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