We were so fortunate to taste these two beauties side by side. John Gilman captures them perfectly:
2011 Domaine Leflaive Batard-Montrachet
John Gilman - The 2011 Bâtard-Montrachet is also outstanding, offering up a classic bouquet of peach, orange, a youthful touch of pink grapefruit, excellent minerality, a bit of iodine, orange blossoms and new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with laser-like focus, superb grip and exceptional backend energy on the perfectly balanced and very refined finish. Domaine Leflaive’s Bâtard-Montrachet is always one of the most elegant examples of this grand cru and the refinement of the 2011 vintage dovetails brilliantly with the style predilections of the team at the domaine. Great wine. (Drink between 2021-2045)
2009 Arnaud Ente Meursault La Goutte D`Or
John Gilman - The 2009 Ente Goutte d’Or really shows off the elegance of this vintage at the best addresses, as the wine offers up a very refined, complex and floral profile on both the nose and palate. The beautiful bouquet is a blend of apple, oranges, iodine, gentle notes of hazelnuts, complex soil tones, a touch of vanillin oak and a pungent topnote of apple blossoms. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, pure and very classy, with great mid-palate depth, bright acids and simply superb length and grip on the complex and transparent finish. A stunning wine. Drink between 2014-2035.