Latour-Giraud Perrieres cames off just 0.14 hectare of the total 13 hectares. Latour-Giraud Perrieres is an impressive wine and often needs at least 5-7 yeras to settle down.
“This too is wonderfully elegant with its airy and distinctly cool blend of mineral reduction, green apple, spiced pear and jasmine tea. The sleek, sophisticated and focused middle weight flavors brim with both dry extract and an almost pungent minerality on the textured and exceptionally intense finish that goes on and on. This is really lovely though note well that at least some patience will be required.” 93 points. Allen Meadows, Burghound June 2019
Jean-Pierre Latour defines his style: “richness, purity and elegance, so that wines finish fresh”. Jean-Pierre is the main man at Latour-Giraud. A family estate started in 1953 and in his hands since 1993. White wines are the focus. Latour-Giraud’s main work is five Premiers crus of Meursault: Les Genevrières, Les Charmes, Les Perrières, Les Bouchères and Le Poruzot. Five of the best sites in Meursault. This is an estate to buy from because you love Chardonnay that is mineral at its core, with a great richness of flavour. These are wines that improve with time in the bottle.
Of the 2017 wines, Jean-Pierre says: “Casual consumers will like the fact that the whites will be both approachable and enjoyable young as there is good mid-palate fat and the acidities are adequate but not really high. By contrast, connoisseurs will admire the wines for their elegance, finesse and transparency to the underlying terroir. Either way, to me they are concentrated, serious and ageworthy.”
The classic part of Burgundy known as the Cote D’Or (the slope of gold) is essentially one vineyard that is 60km long and maybe 5km at its widest. From this limestone ridge, some of the most complex, long-lived and aromatic wines are produced from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Cistercian monks who owned the land codified the entire region and so each small plot has a name.
Traditionally the sturdy, rich, oaky, hazelnutty neighbour of Puligny and Chassagne. A lighter, modern style is evolving, both are equally delicious and charming.
The grape that you can plant anywhere, in any climate and do anything to and it will still taste like an OK wine. When people hit the sweet spot of site, climate, cropping and winemaking, Chardonnay becomes a magical wine that will age gracefully but charm you at any age. Chardonnays can range from cool-climate lean and citrusy to warmer climate tropical and overt. Oak and lees can add flavouring as can malolactic fermentation.