Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault 1er Cru Gouttes d'Or 2011 [nicked label]
Les Gouttes d'Or, whose evocative name means "the droplets of gold", is a Premier Cru vineyard of the Meursault appellation in the Cote de Beaune. A favorite of US President Thomas Jefferson, the limestone-rich terroir produces highly-regarded Chardonnay, and it is considered one of the commune's better sites.
The 5.3-hectare (13 acre) site is in the middle of the commune and is the closest Premier Cru vineyard to the village of Meursault itself. Les Boucheres and Porusot occupy the same line of the slope of the Côte d'Or to the south, while the flatter land below and the steeper land above are given over to village-level wines.
The stony, chalky soils here are underpinned by fragmented limestone and have proven well-equipped to raise Chardonnay. The thin topsoil and gentle slope mean there is plenty of drainages, increasing concentration.
This contact with the limestone is also often considered the reason for mineral characteristics in the wine.
Les Gouttes d'Or faces roughly east, with a slight incline toward the south. This puts the vines in the full morning and early afternoon sunshine during the growing season but shields them from the intensity of the late afternoon sun.
While Les Gouttes d'Or does not often occupy the same breath as Charmes or Perrieres, it is still included among Meursault's finest.
94 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Meursault 1er Cru Goutte d’Or has similar clay to Porusots lends them similar weight. It has a complex nose of lime flower, quince and hazelnut that gains intensity in the glass. The palate is actually quite similar to the Porusots on the entry, but for me, the finish shows superior tension and poise. This is one of Dominique’s finest. Drink 2014-2028
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