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Expert Picks: Domaine Latour-Giraud and…Domaine Latour-Giraud!

Posted on | October 21, 2014 | Written by David Gwo | No Comments

Dave Gwo_8.6.14_300dpiOver the weekend, I popped open a nice bottle of California Chardonnay from the 2009 vintage that I had been holding onto for the last two years. Here at IWM we feature a phenomenal portfolio of both white & red Burgundy, which amongst wine enthusiasts, represents the greatest expression of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the world. First and foremost, I don’t hate on California wine; on the contrary, my “wine moment”—the wine that triggered my passion—was a California Pinot Noir. Therefore I was surprised to find that this bottle of Chardonnay, which I remember really enjoying, wasn’t to my tastes anymore. A year of experiencing the various white Burgundy appellations made the amount of toast, oak, and vanilla feel overwhelming to my palate. I’ll always be willing to enjoy a nice bottle of Cali Chardonnay, but I can safely say, I’ve been converted to white Burgundy for life.

My picks today are two wines from one of the truly outstanding domaines in Meursault, Domaine Latour-Giraud. An estate with holdings in all of the big three Meursault Premier Crus— Genevrières, Perrières, and Charmes—Latour-Giraud produces absolutely fabulous expressions of white Burgundy that really demonstrate a sense of place, reflecting the specific characteristics of their respective vineyards within Meursault. With the holidays coming up, white Burgundy is an ideal pairing for white meats and seafood, and it’s a great wine to have on hand. Meursault is known for producing round wines with fresh acidity and flavors of lemon, pear, and citrus fruits that finish off with a perceptible of nuttiness. If you enjoy Chardonnay, or superior white wine in general, I highly recommend the wines from this estate.

Drink:

Domaine Latour Giraud 2012 Meursault Cuvée Charles Maxime $59.99

Balanced, elegant and aromatic, this Village level Meursault commemorates estate founders Charles Giraud and Maxime Latour. Grandson Jean-Pierre wanted to create a high quality white Burgundy, sourced from their prime vineyard holdings that could be enjoyed while their flagship premier crus age. The 2012 is a fantastic showing with all of the hallmarks of classically styled Meursault.

Cellar:

Domaine Latour Giraud 2012 Meursault Genevrières 1er Cru $99.99

Genevrières, Perrières, and Charmes are where you want to be if you’re looking for the best, definitive, and most age-worthy examples of Meursault. This classic and nuanced 2012 Genevrières will develop beautifully and effortlessly over the next decade. There’s not much else to say except that this wine is incredible.

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