“I was thrilled by the superb 2019 Meursaults from Jean-Pierre Latour, Domaine Latour-Giraud.” so wrote Jasper Morris MW in a recent Meursault review on his excellent ‘Inside Burgundy’ website adding: “The approach in both colours is classical but not hidebound. Jean-Pierre is very aware that words like classical or traditional can be taken pejoratively. He remains open to change, but I suspect rarely needs to do so as his formula works very well to make un-showy but intense and intricate white wines, along with some attractive, fruit-laden but adequately structured reds.”
We have written about these wines frequently before. Allen Meadows, aka Burghound, picked up on the quality and value offered by Jean-Pierre Latour’s magnificent wines with the 2018 vintage and has followed that up with another set of strong reviews for the 2019s (“I was definitely impressed with the quality I found.”)
We are delighted to be able to offer the following selection of 2019s
Domaine Latour-Giraud, Meursault 1er Cru, Les Charmes 2019
£295 per 6 bottle case in bond
94 points, Jasper Morris MW, insideburgundy.com
Half comes from the upper part of Charmes and half below. One ouvrée is from 1930. Bright lemon colour, just bottled on Tuesday but even through the light sulphur I can detect the soft weight of classic Charmes. Still some gas here, yellow fruit, a light butteriness but enough grip to maintain the balance. Really very good wine. Long and nuanced. Ripe lemon zest notes as well. Jean-Pierre wants to avoid a massive Charmes and he succeeds.
92-94 points, Allen Meadows, burghound.com
Reduction dominates the nose but there is a lovely sense of freshness and verve to the notably finer and more precise if less dense and powerful flavors that flash evident minerality on the bitter lemon suffused finish. This impressively persistent effort is excellent and a wine that should amply repay a decade plus of cellaring. Sweet spot – Outstanding.
Domaine Latour-Giraud, Meursault 1er Cru, Les Bouchères 2019
£240 per 6 bottle case in bond
93 points, Jasper Morris MW, insideburgundy.com
Mid yellow here. A touch of sulphur on the nose, white fruit swells rather deliciously across the palate, shows a little warmth at the finish, not an easy terroir Jean-Pierre thinks, it has elegance, but you can mess it up as it loses acidity quickly so needs to be picked early. Jean-Pierre often picks his Bouchères before the full harvest team arrives, to keep a balance otherwise the wine can be too soft. Delicacy rather than depth. He has called it right in 2019, making a Meursault which is ethereal and elegant.
91-93 points, Allen Meadows, burghound.com
Like the Narvaux, the nose is beautifully elegant, pure and citrusy with its overtly floral array of apple, spice and soft wood nuances. There is unusually good volume and powerful to the vibrant middle weight flavors that exude plenty of minerality on the lingering finish where the only reproach is a touch of warmth. This is a big Bouchères and arguably somewhat less refined than is typical, but I like the sense of harmony. Outstanding.
Domaine Latour-Giraud, Meursault, Les Narvaux 2019
£210 per 6 bottle case in bond
91 points, Jasper Morris MW, insideburgundy.com
A little more primrose in the colour, with some weight of fruit, not quite the excitement I was hoping for but possibly dampened by the recent bottling. On the palate the expected concentration kicks in, tightly wound, some citrus notes in with ripe apple and a little bit of plum. Don’t be in a hurry for this. Very slight passion fruit aromatics. Slightly between two stools at the moment. Les Narvaux makes Jean-Pierre think of Meursault Perrières at village level.
91-93 points, Allen Meadows, burghound.com
A more elegant combination consists of cool citrus and airy floral nuances along with apple, poached pear and a whiff of exotic tea. The delicious, racy and impressively concentrated medium-bodied flavors that display excellent power on the compact, mineral driven and beautifully long finale. This is a really good Meursault villages that should age gracefully for up to a decade. Outstanding Top value.
Domaine Latour-Giraud, Bourgogne Chardonnay 2019
£90 per 6 bottle case in bond
87 points, Jasper Morris MW, insideburgundy.com
The vines are situated behind Domaine Roulot in Meursault. Clear pale colour, not a lot of bouquet but this is a pure clean and stylish mini-Meursault, with some sweetness of fruit in this ripe year, and impeccable length. Even quite lively at the finish. Ripe apple notes.
86-89 points, Allen Meadows, burghound.com
Reduction dominates the nose at present but there is both good freshness and verve to the solidly dense middle weight flavors that possess a caressing mouthfeel before concluding in a citrusy and mildly warm finale. This is a big Bourgogne that should repay short to mid-term keeping. Outstanding.
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