2009 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault 1er Cru "Les Charmes"
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(bottled ten days before my visit): Very closed, slightly reduced nose offers citrus fruits, vanilla, hazelnut and white truffle. Rich, sweet, pliant and deep; this has the weight and depth of the biggest California chardonnays but more energy and finesse than all but the very finest of them. Strong extract here contributes to an impression of increasing freshness. Really saturates the mouth and reverberates on the round, dry finish. (ST)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
*Outstanding* Here too there is a very mild touch of reduction that doesn't completely mask the ripe white and yellow orchard fruit aromas. There is first-rate intensity to the mineral-inflected medium-bodied flavors that evidence really lovely purity of expression on the explosive and driving saline-infused finish. This is clearly a Charmes from the upper part of the vineyard as there is none of the borderline excessive generosity of the lower portion.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Meursault Charmes is sumptuous, sweet and layered, yet also possesses striking minerality and nuance, all of which make for a complete, totally harmonious wine. The best is saved for last, as the Charmes turns positively explosive on the finish. The Charmes is made from three parcels. (AG)
93-95 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted out of barrel at the Domaine. Just as intense as the Genevrieres on the nose although the mineralite is stronger here with wet limestone and a touch of dried honey emerging. The palate is very refined on the entry but it builds magnificently towards a powerful, tense, walnut-tinged finish that has immense tension and vivacity. Leaves the mouth tingling. Superb." (03/2011)