Domaine des Comtes Lafon   Meursault Goutte dOr

2010 Meursault Goutte d'Or

By Domaine des Comtes Lafon

2008 Batard-Montrachet from Domaine Leflaive, Burgundy, France

It takes a particular convergence of elements to create a vintage that resonates with such vigour and finesse as the 2008 Batard-Montrachet from Domaine Leflaive. Nestled within the esteemed slopes of Burgundy, this chardonnay embodies a unique snapshot of time, space, and winemaking mastery.


The Delicate Dance of Climate and Craft

The 2008 vintage in Burgundy was one met with bated breath: a challenging year that teetered on the whims of climate. And yet, it is precisely this tension that has woven into the 2008 Batard-Montrachet's character an unforgettably complex profile: a testimony to the resilience and deft touch prevalent at Domaine Leflaive.

In this liquid treasure, one can discern the care in vineyard management and precision in timing that wrested excellence from adversity. A cooler-than-average summer yielded grapes teeming with heightened acidity which, upon encountering expert fermentation and ageing techniques, transformed into a wine poised between richness and ethereal delicacy.


A Confluence of Aromatics and Investment Potential

The aromatic profile of the 2008 reveals tantalizing whispers of toasted almond, acacia honey, and a flinty minerality. It dances gracefully on the palate with hints of buttery brioche and vibrant citrus zest leading to a sustained finish marked by impeccable balance.

This wine represents not just an incredibly sensory experience but also stands as an intelligent addition to any oenophile's investment portfolio. Its poise and age-worthiness presage a future where its depth will continue to unfurl, yielding profound satisfaction for those patient enough to witness its full expression.

Those seeking to diversify their holdings with wines of stellar provenance and noteworthy vintage character will find the 2008 Batard-Montrachet from Domaine Leflaive an essential acquisition; it is a vinous artefact capturing the essence of its origin year – a beacon for both collectability and consummate pleasure.

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The 2010 Meursault Goutte d’Or fleshes out in the glass with serious richness. Yellow stone fruits, smoke and spices are all layered beautifully. The Goutte d’Or shows the richer, more intense side of village-level Meursault. This is an effortless, gracious wine laced with deep, rich layers of fruit and a totally inviting finish. I can’t remember tasting a more polished and flat-out appealing young Goutte d’Or. Anticipated maturity: 2014+. (Not yet released) Comtes Lafon’s 2010 whites are just as impressive from bottle as they were in barrel. Dominique Lafon told me the wines changed quite a bit and found their precision during fining. The 2010s at Comtes Lafon are tight and powerful, with plenty of underlying fruit and depth. The 2010s were bottled between March and early June 2012. A Daniel Johnnes Selection, imported by Michael Skurnik, Syosset, NY; tel. (516) 677-9300

Antonio Galloni - The Wine Advocate, 30 August 2012

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