2015 Domaine Latour-Giraud Pommard 1er Cru Refène
Jean Pierre Latour is a quiet man from Meursault, who is averse to standing and reputations. He makes beautiful wines (powerful white and refined red) that enjoy great international standing. Grapes have been grown at Domaine Latour-Giraud since 1680 and since 1848 this has been done in Meursault. Around 1980, the decision was made to bottle and not to deliver to traders. It is still the trend for grape growers in Burgundy to make wine themselves. This is the reason why the traders themselves purchase more and more vineyards to maintain their position. Now the family business is run by Jean-Pierre Latour, who is assisted by his sister Florence, among others. The domain has 10 hectares, of which 80% for white and 20% for blue grapes. The Chardonnay vineyards are almost all in Meursault in the municipality appellation and premier cru. The blue grapes grow mainly in premier cru vineyards in Pommard (Refène), Volnay (Clos des Chênes). The company has great international recognition, such as up to 95 points from Robert Parker for one of the white wines.
The Latour-Giraud Pommard 1er Cru Refène has the typical ruby pinot noir color in the glass. The grapes come from a premier cru vineyard of 2.4Ha in size. In the nose, the Pommard premier cru has challenging smoky and earthy notes in addition to the red fresh fruit. In the mouth a lot of strength, beautiful acids and strong tannins. Long finish with nice minerality and a great finish. This Pommard 1er Cru Refène from the center of the premier cru region is full bodied, intense and powerful and could use some counterplay and is a perfect companion to beautiful beef stew and a boeuf bourguignon.
The history of Latour-Giraud spans three centuries and begins at the end of the 17th century. The oldest known ancestor is Jean Latour-Boillot, born around 1680. At that time, the vine was already the most important wage. The presence of the Latour family on the vineyard appears during the French Revolution through the person of Jean Latour-Mouquin, born in 1748 and grandson of Jean Latour-Boillot. The Giraud family settled in Côte d'Or for a long time, had founded a distillery in the hospital of Meursault around 1845. This distillery operated until 1914, producing Fine of Bourgogne, from the Marc of Bourgogne, as well as the famous Burgundy.
Today it is run by Jean-Pierre Latour who takes care of wine production, winemaking, breeding and marketing. He is assisted in his work by his sister Florence who deals with the administrative part. The vineyards of Latour-Giraud consist of 10 hectares. They only produce classified wines, including about 80% white wines and 20% red wines. The majority of the white vines are in five appellations of 1st Vintage of Meursault: Les Genevrières, Les Charmes, Les Perrières, Les Bouchères and Le Poruzot. With 2 hectares in Meursault Genevrières, Latour-Giraud is the main owner of this excellent first vintage. He also owns a piece of first crop in the northern border of Puligny Montrachet, with the climate of Champs-Canet.
|Type of Wine||Red|
|Drinking as of||2020|
|Tasting Profiles||Earthy, Rustic, Complex, Dry, Fruity, Aged on wood, Mineral, Red fruit, Flexible|
|Drink moments||Cadeau!, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Open haard, Romantisch|