Despite a notably ripe aromatic profile that also flirts with the exotic, the nose maintains a sense of elegance with intensely spicy scents of apricot, white peach, floral and citrus hints that are trimmed in toasty oak. There is excellent richness but also fine detail to the focused, powerful and tautly muscular flavors that possess terrific intensity on the explosive and hugely long finish. While a big wine by most standards, this is not really a big Lafon Montrachet and it essentially remains a wine of finesse and refinement. *Don't Miss!*
Medium yellow. Oily aromas and flavors of lemon, iodine and vanillin oak, plus a whiff of butter. Large-scaled, glyceral-rich and powerful, but with uncanny smoothness to the thick, deep middle palate. Still a bit youthfully bound-up (duh!) but round and sweet from the outset. The wine's strong acidity becomes apparent on the very long, fresh back end. Great potential here. (ST)
Tasted blind at the Burgundy 2011 horizontal tasting in Beaune. The Montrachet Grand Cru 2011 from Dominique Lafon is most austere on the nose. Sure, this feels very reserved, but there is real precision and minerality that is locked in for now. The palate has a dose of bitter lemon on the entry. This is a little shrill at the moment with plenty of lime and orange zest notes. It is very well balanced but not quite as complex or as regal as its peers in this flight and there is a slight oxidative note creeping in on the finish. This does not quite match its stellar showing just after bottling, but I suspect that it simply needs time to settle. (NM)
The 2011 Montrachet is an exotic beauty. White pepper, truffles, orange peel, crème brulée, almonds and mint are just some of the seemingly endless aromas and flavors that emerge from the glass. Even with all of its richness, the 2011 remains remarkably light on its feet. With time in the glass, the fruit becomes richer and more vivid, while the minerality also turns more prominent. This is going to be a fascinating Montrachet to follow. (AG)
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