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2000 Meursault les Perrieres

By Domaine des Comtes Lafon

1997 Chevalier Montrachet from Domaine Leflaive, Burgundy, France

In the pantheon of domaines that command respect and admiration among connoisseurs of Burgundian whites, Domaine Leflaive resides at a celestial height. It is with this reverence that I approached the tasting of the 1997 Chevalier Montrachet from Domaine Leflaive, an offering that resonates with the gravitas of its terroir.


The Quintessence of 1997: A Harmonious Vintage

The 1997 vintage in Burgundy was marked by an early harvest following a warm summer, yielding wines of opulence and ripe fruit character. Amidst this backdrop, the 1997 Chevalier Montrachet from Domaine Leflaive has evolved gracefully. This is a wine whose complexity has been meticulously fostered by time's passage, now unfurling with a quiet confidence in the glass.


A Study in Elegance and Depth

Enveloping the senses with aplomb, the nose is greeted by wafts of honeyed apricots and toasted almonds, underpinned by a subtle flintiness – a testament to its regal pedigree. To sip this Chevalier Montrachet is to dance with nuances; each swirl unveils layers of citrus zest intertwined with vanilla bean and a touch of spice. Achieving an impeccable balance between lushness and vibrant acidity, the palate is graced with a lengthy finish that beckons contemplation.

This wine encapsulates the mastery of Domaine Leflaive's vinification techniques, deftly encompassing both the richness bestowed by 1997's climatic generosity and the poise inherent to Chevalier Montrachet's storied limestone soils.

In the context of investment potential, 1997 Chevalier Montrachet from Domaine Leflaive presents an alluring proposition. Its evolution from a bountiful year combined with steadfast ageing potential affirm its position as one of the distinguished choices for fine wine portfolios. The pageantry of this particular bottle is not just in its liquid artistry but also in its testament to vintage variation – 1997 will always stand distinct amongst its peers in the cellar. It beckons to be appreciated for its own illustrious narrative within Domaine Leflaive's chronicles, enriching both palate and portfolio with equal measure.

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The 2000 Meursault Perrieres exhibits intense smoke and mineral scents, and possesses great aromatic depth. Medium to full-bodied and vinous, this seamless stone and mineral-laden wine is rich, well-balanced, and exceptionally long in the finish. 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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