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Expert Picks: Latour-Giraud and Jean-Philippe Fichet

Posted on | April 11, 2016 | Written by Garrett Kowalsky | No Comments

Garrett_8.6.14_72dpiI will always make the argument that nowhere in the world makes white wine quite as well as Burgundy does. However, even Burgheads cannot simply say that they love white Burgundy. That is because in the whole region—which is just 35 miles north to south and 1.5 miles wide—there are multiple microclimates, a range of different terroir, and ultimately wildly varying wines. The three most prominent villages for white Burgundy are Puligny-Montrachet, Chassagne-Montrachet and Meursault. Today I wanted to show off two superb selections from the latter. Meursault shows off the best of the region by marrying its round flavors and rich textures with a lively acidity that makes your mouth water. These two bottles from Latour-Giraud and Jean-Philippe Fichet are recent favorites.

Domaine Latour-Giraud 2013 Meursault Genevrières 1er Cru $99.99

Latour-Giraud is an estate that went through a dramatic revival in the 1990s, all thanks to Jean-Pierre Latour (the current owner and winemaker). While it has holdings elsewhere, the majority of Latour-Giraud’s vines are located within five appellations in Meursault, Genevrières being one of them. Genevrières is revered as one of the finest vineyards in the whole Côte d’Or, and this 2013 bottle reinforces that reverence with its exquisite structure that’s balanced with finesse and a racy acidity. Drink now-2025

Jean-Philippe Fichet 2013 Meursault Gruyaches $102.99

Domaine Jean-Phillipe Fichet has made it a personal mission to reveal Meursault as one of the best, if not the best in the world for white wine. Fichet holds vineyards in other villages, bit its Meursault properties are that the estate’s focus. These tiny holding can make as little as four barrels of wine in any given vintage, but the estate wishes to focus on the purity of expression from the site rather than blending. This Meursault Gruyaches is pure dynamite. Drink now-2025.

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