2020 Meursault, Les Grands Charrons, Vincent Latour, Burgundy
Attractively layered aromas comprise notes of hazelnut, pear essence and plenty of floral elements, especially carnation and acacia. The delicious and fleshy medium-weight flavours possess an incredible intensity and are cut before terminating in a lemony finale that is solidly persistent, if not quite as complex. However, this, of course, may well change with time in the bottle.
Drink from 2027 onward
Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (June 2022)
Cask sample. More intensity on the palate. Notable acidity. Weight and richness here. Long and fresh. Fine Meursault with plenty of heft but balanced with freshness and acidity.
Drink 2023 - 2028
Andy Howard MW, JancisRobinson.com (January 2022)
About this WINE
Domaine Vincent Latour
There are more top producers in Meursault than in any other commune of the Côte d’Or. Certainly it is the most famous and popular of the great white appellations. Its wines are typically rich and savoury with nutty, honeyed hints and buttery, vanilla spice from the oak.Even though it is considerably larger than its southerly neighbours Chassagne and Puligny, Meursault contains no Grands Crus. Its three best Premiers Crus, however – Les Perrières, Les Genevrières and Les Charmes – produce some of the region’s greatest whites: they are full, round and powerful, and age very well. Les Perrières in particular can produce wines of Grand Cru quality, a fact that is often reflected in its price. Meursault has also been one of the driving forces of biodynamic viticulture in the region, as pioneered by Lafon and Leflaive.
Many of the vineyards below Premier Cru, known as ‘village’ wines, are also well worth looking at. The growers vinify their different vineyard holdings separately, which rarely happens in Puligny or Chassagne. Such wines can be labelled with the ‘lieu-dit’ vineyard alongside (although in smaller type to) the Meursault name.
Premier Cru Meursault should be enjoyed from five to 15 years of age, although top examples can last even longer. Village wines, meanwhile, are normally at their best from three to 10 years.
Very occasionally, red Meursault is produced with some fine, firm results. The best red Pinot Noir terroir, Les Santenots, is afforded the courtesy title of Volnay Santenots, even though it is actually in Meursault.
- 305 hectares of village Meursault. The best vineyards include Clos de la Barre, Tesson, Chevalières, Rougeot, Narvaux
- 132 hectares of Premier Cru vineyards (17 in all). The finest vineyards include Les Perrières, Les Genevrières and Les Charmes
- Recommended producers: Comte Lafon, Arnaud Ente, Coche Dury, Guy Roulot, Jean-Philippe Fichet, Patrick Javillier, François Jobard, Michel Bouzereau
- Recommended restaurant: Le Chevreuil
Chardonnay is the "Big Daddy" of white wine grapes and one of the most widely planted in the world. It is suited to a wide variety of soils, though it excels in soils with a high limestone content as found in Champagne, Chablis, and the Côte D`Or.
Burgundy is Chardonnay's spiritual home and the best White Burgundies are dry, rich, honeyed wines with marvellous poise, elegance and balance. They are unquestionably the finest dry white wines in the world. Chardonnay plays a crucial role in the Champagne blend, providing structure and finesse, and is the sole grape in Blanc de Blancs.
It is quantitatively important in California and Australia, is widely planted in Chile and South Africa, and is the second most widely planted grape in New Zealand. In warm climates Chardonnay has a tendency to develop very high sugar levels during the final stages of ripening and this can occur at the expense of acidity. Late picking is a common problem and can result in blowsy and flabby wines that lack structure and definition.
Recently in the New World, we have seen a move towards more elegant, better- balanced and less oak-driven Chardonnays, and this is to be welcomed.
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The 2020 Meursault, Les Grands Charrons from Vincent Latour in Burgundy is a captivating white wine showcasing the region's unique terroir and craftsmanship. With a pale golden colour, it catches the eye with its brilliance and clarity.
On the nose, enticing aromas of ripe orchard fruits, such as pear and apple, mingle with delicate floral notes and a touch of toasted almond. Subtle hints of minerals and spice add depth and complexity to the aromatic profile, enticing you further into the wine's allure.
The palate is a harmonious symphony of flavours, beautifully balancing richness and freshness. Juicy stone fruits, like peach and apricot, dance alongside zesty citrus notes, while a gentle touch of vanilla and buttery pastry adds a layer of indulgence. The wine's well-integrated acidity provides a refreshing lift and maintains the wine's overall elegance.
A delightful companion to seafood, roasted poultry, or creamy cheeses, the 2020 Meursault, Les Grands Charrons is a true gem from Burgundy and will offer a memorable and sophisticated drinking experience.
Adam Bruntlett, Burgundy Buyer, Berry Bros. & Rudd (May 2023)
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