Domaine des Comtes Lafon   Meursault les Perrieres

1995 Meursault les Perrieres

By Domaine des Comtes Lafon

2018 Batard-Montrachet from Domaine Leflaive, Burgundy, France

The 2018 vintage in Burgundy is already causing a stir amongst oenophiles and investors alike, and the 2018 Batard-Montrachet from Domaine Leflaive is a luminary example of this bounteous year. With my seasoned palate attuned to the subtle variances of each harvest, I can attest to the distinct allure that sets the 2018 apart within the heralded lineage of Domaine Leflaive's esteemed whites.


The Embodiment of Elegance and Earth

The 2018 growing season in Burgundy was marked by challenges and triumphs, with an uncharacteristically warm summer poised to beget a vintage of unexpected depth. The venerable terroir of Batard-Montrachet has interacted beguilingly with these conditions, rendering a Chardonnay that deftly juggles richness with precision. Domaine Leflaive, under its meticulous stewardship, has crafted a wine that exudes confidence, swathing the palate in a tapestry of ripe stone fruits and vivacious acidity.


Vintage Virtuosity: Investing in Balance

In investment terms, the 2018 Batard-Montrachet from Domaine Leflaive signals a fortuitous convergence of climactic generosity and vinicultural mastery. This vintage exemplifies balance: rich yet restrained; lush yet structured. A cornucopia of pear, citrus blossom, and toasted almond notes yield to a pristine mineral core, speaking volumes of its storied plot's mineral-rich soils.

Held aloft by its own merit, the 2018 Batard-Montrachet emerges as one of the standouts for collectors aiming to bolster their portfolio with Burgundian whites endowed with both sterling provenance and promising longevity.

The investment potential lies not merely in its acclaimed heritage but in the wine's embodiment of the verve that the 2018 season has infused into each bottle – a facet likely to further glorify with time. For connoisseurs seeking finesse wrapped in opulence or investors craving prudent acquisitions with spirited upside potential, the 2018 Batard-Montrachet from Domaine Leflaive presents an unmissable opportunity.

In conclusion, typography like the vineyards themselves tells a story; if I were to commit words to paper on behalf of this exceptional offering from Burgundy’s extraordinary 2018 vintage, they would whisper synonymously with minerality and echo with the promise of longevity; an essential inclusion in any serious wine portfolio.

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The Meursault Les Perrieres has deep mineral and earth tones in the nose, and toasty, nutty, iron flavors in the mouth. Powerful and full-bodied, it possesses great length and balance. Drink it between 2000-2010. This note is the result of tastings I did in Burgundy between January 7 and January 29. Ratings with a range of scores in parentheses indicate the wine was tasted from cask, not bottle. Dominique Lafon, who has run this estate on his own since 1987, feels his '95s are the best set of wines he's made to date. I would ignore this kind of statement from most growers in Burgundy as they are often given to hyperbole, but Lafon walks the walk in addition to talking the talk. His reputation is such that his wines sell-out instantaneously irrespective of what critics might write. Secondly, he's not the type of man who would risk his credibility, nor is he given to immodest boasting. His '95s are outstanding wines that may have better structure than those from previous vintages, and, therefore, may age and evolve more gracefully. He has produced fatter, lusher wines in the past (the '89s for example), but, in general, cellaring hasn't improved them. I believe the '95 will be different. Importer: Classic Wine Imports, Boston, MA; tel (617) 731-6644.

Pierre Rovani - The Wine Advocate, 24 April 1997

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