2021 Domaine Latour-Giraud Meursault Cuvée Charles Maxime
Jean Pierre Latour is a quiet man from Meursault, averse to standing and reputations. He makes beautiful wines (powerful white and refined red) that enjoy great international acclaim. Grapes have been grown at Domaine Latour-Giraud since 1680 and since 1848 in Meursault. Around 1980 the decision was made to bottle it ourselves and to stop supplying it to traders. It is still the trend for grape growers in Burgundy to start making their own wine. This is the reason that the traders themselves are buying more and more vineyards in order to maintain their position. The family business is now 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 black grapes. The Chardonnay vineyards are almost all located in Meursault in the commune appellation and premier cru. The blue grapes mainly grow 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 Meursault Cuvée Charles Maxime is price-wise a very nice Meursault made by a fantastic authentic house. In the glass, the Meursault Cuvée Charles Maxime is light yellow to yellowish. In the nose butter, nuts, apple and spiciness of wood. In the mouth a round attack, creamy but elegant and with finesse due to the minerals and the beautiful acidity. Good integration of the wood. In summary, an incredible quality for an 'ordinary' Meursault: roundness but also exciting acidity!
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||White|
|Drinking as of||2023|
|Tasting Profiles||Complex, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Mineral, Round, Full, White fruit|
|Drink moments||Cadeau!, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Open haard, Romantisch|