2016 Domaine Latour-Giraud Meursault "Narvaux"

SKU #1392858 92 points Wine Spectator

 Alluring aromas of butter, peach, apple, citrus and oyster shell are the hallmarks of this racy white. The creamy texture is washed away by bracing acidity, leaving an incisive mineral note along with an oak spice element on the finish. Best from 2020 through 2025. (BS, Web only-2019)

88-91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Hints of olive oil and petrol add breadth to the pear compote and acacia blossom scents. Once again there is outstanding richness to the full-bodied flavors though in this case they are much more mineral-driven with excellent power and persistence on the markedly dry but not really austere finish. This is a big wine even for Narvaux and one that will need at least a few years to unwind.  (6/2018)

90 points Vinous

 (Jean-Pierre Latour used no more than 25% new oak for his 2016 white wines): Bright light yellow. Ripe peach and fresh apricot on the nose, along with menthol and soil tones. A step up in texture from the Cuvée Charles Maxime, as the yield here was just 30 hectoliters per hectare. Smoother and deeper but also in a distinctly saline style, this wine finishes with more refinement and length. (ST)  (9/2018)


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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.
Specific Appellation:

Meursault

- The town of Meursault is a prosperous village, with a Gothic town hall and narrow winding streets. It produces a small amount of red wine, but is justly famous for its whites. Although it has no Grand Cru vineyards, its Premiers Crus are justly famous, particularly Charmes, Poruzots, Perrières and Genevrières. A good Meursault has concentration, grip and backbone, in addition to its soft and rich fruit.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5