2020 Meursault, Les Pellans, Vincent Latour, Burgundy
Firm reduction renders the nose unreadable, so be sure to give this some air first. On the palate, the medium-weight flavours aren't quite as dense, but they are finer, with fine underlying tension to the refreshing finish that offers just a bit more complexity and persistence. This should clean up once the pre-bottling sulfur addition integrates.
Drink from 2025 onward
Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (June 2022)
Plenty of wood but this works well in combination with the richness of ripe fruit on the palate. Lingering acidity and some mineral notes on the finish. Weighty. Long and lingering finish.
Drink 2023 - 2030
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 Pellans from Vincent Latour in Burgundy is an exquisite white wine embodying this renowned appellation's essence.
Its pale golden hue entices the eye with its radiant appearance. On the nose, aromas of ripe orchard fruits, such as pear and apple, intertwine with delicate floral notes and a hint of hazelnut. The palate is a harmonious blend of elegance and depth, with juicy white peach, citrus zest flavours, and a touch of honeyed richness.The wine's precise acidity provides a refreshing backbone and balances the creamy texture, creating a beautifully rounded mouthfeel.
A delightful choice for Chardonnay enthusiasts, this is a testament to Burgundy's winemaking heritage and offers a memorable drinking experience.
Adam Bruntlett, Burgundy Buyer, Berry Bros. & Rudd (May 2023)
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