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1999 Meursault les Perrieres

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1996 Chevalier-Montrachet from Domaine Leflaive, Burgundy, France

Profound and sublime, the 1996 Chevalier-Montrachet from Domaine Leflaive stands as a testament to the grandeur of Burgundy's Chardonnay. This wine is richly woven with the historical tapestry of one of the most illustrious vineyards in the Côte de Beaune.


Eloquence of Terroir: The 1996 Vintage Exemplified

The 1996 vintage in Burgundy was marked by its distinctively high acidity and favorable harvesting conditions, which culminated in wines with remarkable aging potential. Chevalier-Montrachet from Domaine Leflaive, with its precision and poise, clearly expresses the harmony between a superlative terroir and a year of climatic grace. An excellent cellar candidate, this vintage has proven its mettle in maintaining elegance over time.


Investment Worthy: Complexity Crowned

Anchored in the minerality of its limestone-rich soils, the 1996 Chevalier-Montrachet reveals a sophisticated palate layered with nuanced stone fruit, toasted brioche, and a hint of honeycomb. Domaine Leflaive's prowess in marrying traditional winemaking expertise with organic cultivation methods endowed this vintage with a charismatic complexity and an alluring longevity – attributes keenly sought after by astute fine wine investors.

The interplay of exacting viticulture and favorable weather conditions make the 1996 Chevalier-Montrachet from Domaine Leflaive a lustrous jewel within any investment portfolio. Its graceful maturation speaks to collectors who value precision alongside potential for growth.


Finale: A Reflective Union of Time and Patience

In decanting the essence of the '96 vintage, it is apparent that this particular Chevalier-Montrachet exemplifies how time can embolden vibrancy rather than diminish it. With each sip resonating with mellowed fervor, both connoisseurs and investors will find their pursuits rewarded in its liquid allegory. The wisdom housed within each bottle is akin to a vinous beacon; guiding aficionados towards an imperishable appreciation for remarkable vintages - a hallmark distinction of Burgundy that is so elegantly embodied by Domaine Leflaive.

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The demure aromas of the 1999 Meursault Perrieres reveal hints of stones and minerals. Light to medium-bodied and detailed, this is a delicate, elegant wine. Its nuanced flavors, mostly freshly cut flowers and minerals, are rather shy, yet subtle and exquisite. Projected maturity: now-2007. 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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