White

2005 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Clos de la Barre

Chardonnay

  • France
  • Burgundy
  • Côte de Beaune
  • Meursault

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  • dmitri wrote: 93 points

    January 24, 2012 - Very surprised about relatviely low scores on cellartracker. This is a very good special vineyard Meursault (not a village wine as someone had written - village wine implies grapes collected in bulk from different village vineyards while Clos de la Barre is an actual enclosed vineyard). For those who like Meursault, a very good Meursault also means a fantastic white wine that is clearly better than vast majority of white wine out there. To add something else: this is the white wine that can go pretty much very long distance, as it only now started to open up. This wine has to be decanted to open, and in my mind the optimal time is about half an-hour in a decanter. It cannot be served very cold because its classic nose of roasted sunflower seeds and spiced honey will not show. Having followed these simple steps, one is assured of a memorable experience as distinct from a feeling of 130+USD wasted. The body is superbly structured, strong, with no hint of alcohol in the taste despite standard 13 degrees alcohol content, and a touch of acidity underscoring its weighty complection. The aftertaste is very impressive as the wine stays with you for quite a while. I suspect that this wine will stay this good for another 5-10 years at least.

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  • sweetstuff commented:

    1/29/13, 11:33 PM - Of course technically this is a 'village' wine (in French). The French describe the Clos de la Barre as a 'Lieu-dit', and so it's a 'Villages Lieu Dit', a very different kind of vineyard category than a grand or premier cru and of course showing a more definite terroir note than your usual village wine. It's hard to believe after tasting a few good examples that it's not a premier cru at least, but we have to remember that the classification applies more strictly to the vineyard and not the wine made there.

    Thanks for the nice and informative note.

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