Domaine des Comtes Lafon   Meursault Goutte dOr

2003 Meursault Goutte d'Or

By Domaine des Comtes Lafon

2001 Bâtard-Montrachet from Domaine Leflaive, Burgundy, France

One cannot simply wax lyrical about the stunning manifestation of terroir and winemaking wizardry without mentioning the 2001 Bâtard-Montrachet from Domaine Leflaive. A year that stood its ground against varied environmental adversaries, 2001 birthed a wine with a profound statement of endurance and adroitness.


A Portrait of Persistence: Wine Investment's Gilded Edge

An illustrious specimen among a heralded lineage, Domaine Leflaive's diligent approach to viticulture and enology in Burgundy shines through in their 2001 Bâtard-Montrachet. The unveiling of this vintage was greeted with intrigue, as wine investors have come to anticipate brilliance wrapped in each bottle’s potential.


Distinctiveness of the 2001 Vintage

The climatic conditions of the 2001 vintage set the scene for meticulous vineyard management — the prerequisite for showcasing sheer excellence against unpredictable weather patterns. The season brought forth wines displaying tenacity, and the Bâtard-Montrachet was no exception. It distilled the climatic challenges into a testament of balance; where lesser vintages would yield to restraint, this liquid treasure spoke with grace and complexity.

In the glass, the 2001 Bâtard-Montrachet unravels an endlessly intricate tapestry. Its perfume is a dance of harmonious opulence, intertwining toasted almonds with voluptuous white peach, nuanced by a whisper of honeysuckle. Texture is of paramount elegance — this is Chardonnay in a regal form, flowing with an oil-like viscosity punctuated by a vivacious line of mineral electricity. One finds that it oscillates enchantingly between lushness and structured finesse.

Two decades have only served to elevate this vintage to stellar heights, rendering Domaine Leflaive's mastery unequivocally present in every discerning sip. An impressive integration of fruit, terroir and oak furnishes this wine with an angelic longevity that will undoubtedly continue to flourish.


In Summary: An Inimitable Investment Opportunity

The alchemy captured within Domaine Leflaive's craftsmanship of the 2001 Bâtard-Montrachet is nothing short of astounding. For collectors and connoisseurs alike, it represents not just an apex in Burgundian winemaking but also a beacon for wine investment wisdom. Grasping the goblet and understanding the narrative that each drop recounts amplifies both appreciation and anticipation for further aging magnificence; an asset that will add luster to any portfolio with its singular heritage and enticing promise for maturation.

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Lafon’s 2003 Meursault Goutte d’Or (white) explodes from the glass with alluring aromas of spices and roasted herbs. Deep, concentrated, and sensuous, it slathers powerful layers of honeyed minerals and spiced pears on the taster’s palate. Massively flavorful, this sumptuous wine also reveals an intensely long, highly expressive finish. Anticipated maturity: now-2014. Importers: Daniel Johnnes/Jeroboam Wines, New York, NY; tel. (212) 625-2505, Classic Wine Imports, Boston, MA; tel. (617) 469-5799; and Beaune Imports, Berkeley Ca; tel. (510) 841-9815

Pierre Rovani - The Wine Advocate, 28 April 2005

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