Domaine Latour-Giraud – Meursault

The Latour family has been established on the Route Nationale in Meursault for many generations. In 1958 the Latours merged with the estate of the Guiraud family to form the current configuration. Focused primarily in Meursault, the estate owns an impressive range of villages and premier cru vineyards between 25 and 50+ years old including the largest parcel of Meursault Genevrieres. They also own a parcel in Puligny Montrachet Champs Canet and red vineyards in Pommard, Volnay and Meursault Caillerets.

Since the 1990’s, with the arrival of the articulate and perfectionist winemaker, Jean-Pierre Latour, the estate has undergone what the Review des Vins de France has called “a true cultural revolution.” In a major commitment to improving quality, the estate adopted organic agricultural practices and reduced yields to 25-35 hectoliters per hectare. Investments were made in new pneumatic presses, crusher-destemmers and temperature controlled stainless steel fermenting tanks.

For the white wines, Jean-Pierre ferments only free run juice with wild, natural yeasts. The village wines are aged in 20% new barrels and the premier cru 25% new barrels. The wines are kept on their lies an appropriate time to balance texture and acidity and racking is kept to a minimum. The whites are fined, but not filtered, and bottled by hand. Unlike many producers who bottle all their wines at once, Jean-Pierre carefully monitors each wine and bottles at the optimal time over a 6 month period.
Jean-Pierre’s whites are classic Burgundies – intense and concentrated, stylish and powerful, layered and balanced. They combine lemon, pear, quince and citrus fruits and hints of spice, smoke and toast with the characteristic mineral qualities of the soil. At the same time, they are lean and dry, focused and true to their appellation and vineyard site. He is now regarded as one of the top echelon of producers of white Burgundy. Please see reviews in Steve Tanzer (Vinous) and Burghound.

Jean-Pierre’s reds are all destemmed and go through cold maceration for 5 days. Elevage is in in barrel (25% new) on the lies for one year. Racking is done just before hand bottling with no fining or filtering. As a group, Jean-Pierre’s reds are very forward and appealing. They are juicy and expressive, saturated with loads of sweet, ripe, red and black fruits backed by lush, round tannins.

Wines Produced
Bourgogne Chardonnay
Meursault Cuvee Charles Maxime
Meursault Narvaux
Meursault 1er cru Genevrieres
Meursault 1er cru Charmes
Meursault 1er cru Boucheres
Meursault 1er cru Poruzots
Meursault 1er cru Perrieres
Meursault 1er cru Genevrieres Cuvee des Pierres
Puligny Montrachet 1er cru Champs Canet
Pommard Cuvee Carmen
Meursault 1er cu Caillerets
Pommard 1er cru Refene
Volnay 1er cru Clos des Chenes

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bourgogne2012 Latour-Giraud, Bourgogne Chardonnay
One of the premier producers of Meursault
Single vineyard from near the center of Meursault 30 year old vines
Organic agriculture and natural winemaking
Fermented and aged in 1-5 year old barrels 20% new barrels
White peach aromas, honeycrisp apples on palate
Rich and mineral with a delightful layered quality
Great value

meursault2013 Latour-Giraud, Meursault Cuvee Charles Maxime
A blend from 5 different vineyards in the village of Meursault including Limozins and Vireuil, among the best non-premier cru in the village average age of vines 40 years meant to represent the village as a whole, not any particular vineyard site
Organic agriculture and natural winemaking
Fermented in barrel 20% new barrels
Stylish and powerful, layered and balanced with great acidity combines lemon-quince-pear fruit with minerality, spice and a whiff of smoke
Classic Meursault



les narvaux2013 Latour-Giraud Meursault Narvaux
50 year old vines Jean-Pierre believes this is the highest level of villages wine, similar in character to Genevrieres but not as much concentration
20% new barrels light yellow color aromas of minerals and spice hints of lemon zest and lime
Great acid balance





meursault premier2013 Latour-Giraud, Meursault Genevrieres 1er cru
40 years average age of vines Organic agriculture fermented in barrel 25% new barrels Troncais oak aromas of spice, minerals and yeast Lemon zest and spice on palette backed by racy acidity great balance and aging potential





meursault charmes2013 Latour-Giraud, Meursault Charmes 1er cru
45 year old vines
Organic agriculture fermented in barrel 25% new Allier and Vosges oak creamy, toasty aromas ripe, smooth pear and quince fruit long, toasty finish
Great acidity to balance





meursault poruzots2013 Latour-Giraud Meursault Poruzots 1er cru
45 year old vines .14 hectares old-style, classic sense of terroir good volume and balance pale yellow color, hints of apricot, honey and earth on palate oriental spice, pear, peach, quince ages well
Works with white meats





meursault perrieres2013 Latour-Giraud Meursault Perrieres 1er cru
50 year old vines 25% new barrels
Pale yellow color complex, rich and powerful
Lime blossom in nose on palate a mélange of pineapple and grapefruit, lemon-citrus and vanilla toast very mineral and spicy with racy acidity
Will age gracefully





1er cru2013 Latour-Giraud Meursault Genevrieres 1er cru Cuvee des Pierres
The estate does not own any grand cru, so Jean-Pierre vinifies a portion of the oldest vines in Genevrieres (over 50 years old) separately 35% new barrels and kept in barrel sur lie for a longer time
Combines the classic minerality and spice of Genevrieres with the extra concentration and power of the old vines this is a big that ages well




puligny2013 Latour-Giraud Puligny Montrachet Champs Canet 1er cru
40 year old vines 30 hectoliters per hectare
25% new barrels only Allier
Pale yellow color, explosive aromas of nectarine and ripe peach, white flowers and hazelnut
Ripe, dry and fresh on palate with hints of acacia, ginger and honeysuckle long finish
Will age well but drinking beautifully now



pommard2013 Latour-Giraud, Pommard Cuvee Carmen
33 year old vines
Organic agriculture fermented in barrel Bertrange and Vosges oak a blend of 2 Pommard vineyards, one on the north slope and one on the south slope
It combines bright, fresh, pure cherry fruit with fine tannins and good acid balance





pommard refene2013 Latour-Giraud Pommard Refene 1er cru
37 year old vines on the Beaune side including 2 plots in Le Clos Blanc 25% new barrels
Pretty aromas of cherry and cola lovely fruit ripe, elegant and balanced soft tannins sweet finish forward and pure





volnay clos des chenes2013 Latour-Giraud, Volnay Clos des Chenes 1er cru
37 year old vines
Organic agriculture fermented in barrel Bertrange and Allier oak 25% new barrels aromas of black fruits and toast
Concentrated black fruit on palette with supple tannins
Long, rich finish, complex and elegant