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Latour-Giraud’s Brilliant 2016 Releases! The Prince’s Superb Sémillon! And Flawless 2013 Pingus!
June 20, 2018
A Note from Sergio

Today, I'm delighted to step outside my home turf of Italy to feature the 2016 releases from Burgundy's Domaine Latour-Giraud. In 2016, Jean-Pierre Latour faced plenty of challenges--rain, hail, cold, heat--nature threw the book at Burgundy in general and Meursault in specific. But Jean-Pierre did what he needed to do in the vineyards to ensure the best possible harvest. When that time came, he discovered that although his yields were down, the grapes were insanely beautiful: high in phenolic compounds, and ripe but still acidic. In short, these grapes made for brilliant wines.

Jean-Pierre might have called 2016 the "growing season from hell," but today's 2016 Latour-Giraud Burgundies are fantastic. Each one of these white wines holds its own personality, its own embodiment of the high quality, low production vintage, and each one, from the 2016 Meursault Cuvée Charles Maxime all the way up to the Meursault-Genevrières Cuvée des Pierre, speaks to the skills of its maker. IWM is very excited about these wines, and once you try them, you will be too.

Along with these seven white Burgundies, I'm delighted to present Fiorano 1989 No. 48 Sémillon, a singular wine from the original Lazio estate that was the passion project of Alberico Boncompagni Ludovisi, the Prince of Venosa. Ludovisi made wines as an act of love, and today the land is in part farmed by Alessia Antinori. The Sémillon in today's eLetter is a rare, long-aging gem that is Italian winemaking history--and a complex, mind-bending wine that fans of aged whites will love.

Finally, I scored some of Dominio de Pingus' latest release, the estate's exquisite 2013 Ribera del Duero Pingus--enjoy!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence: Seven Dazzling 2016 Releases from Latour-Giraud!
2. Only At IWM: Fiorano's Rare, Gorgeous 1989 Sémillon
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Dominio de Pingus' Intense, Velvety 2013 Ribera del Duero Pingus
4. Wine Events: Upcoming June Wine Tasting Events

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Domaine Latour Giraud Meursault Cuvee Charles Maxime 2016 750ml
Domaine Latour Giraud Meursault Cuvee Charles Maxime 2016 750ml
Price: $74.99

The ’16 Meursault Cuvée Charles Maxime is a terrific bottling. This layered, opulent wine lays its sweet orchard fruits on a bed of saline minerals, white wildflowers, crushed hazelnuts and honeyed citrus--weighty yet animated, this wine is pure pleasure. Named after Charles Giraud and Maxime Latour to honor the Jean-Pierre Latour’s two grandfathers, this beautiful Domaine Latour-Giraud Meursault Cuvée Charles Maxime is an assemblage of several named plots, or lieu-dits, and it represents different soil types from Les Vireuils, Clos du Cromin, Limozin, Les Pelles, Les Corbins, and Le Carrouge. This wine ages for one year in barrel, one-third new, before bottling without filtration.
Domaine Latour Giraud Meursault Les Narvaux 2016 750ml
Domaine Latour Giraud Meursault Les Narvaux 2016 750ml
Price: $89.99

Big and textured, the ’16 Les Narvaux holds you in tension between its sweet fruits and its savory minerals, its acidic lift and its rich feel, and its chewy mouth-feel and its captivating nose. Lemon zest, olive oil, saline spray, acacia blossoms and a touch of petrol frame the wine’s stone fruits. A little tightly wound, this Narvaux bottling will need some time to integrate but soon it will be a seductive, captivating wine. Jean-Pierre Latour personally monitors all of his bottlings, releasing them only when he feels each individual parcel is ready; thus his wines are always in very small allocations. This classic Meursault Les Narvaux, which derives from 40-year-old vines grown on the upper slope of the appellation, is no exception. This wine ages for one year in barrel, one-third new, before bottling without filtration.
Domaine Latour Giraud Meursault Charmes 1er Cru 2016 750ml
Domaine Latour Giraud Meursault Charmes 1er Cru 2016 750ml
Price: $119.99

Full and dense, the ’16 Meursault-Charmes oozes from the glass with a profusion of ripe stone and orchard fruits, a whiff of matchstick, rain-spattered white wildflowers, citrus zest and hazelnuts. This is a broad-shouldered wine that carries its intense alcohol levels with its sweet fruit, but its brilliant acidity keeps it light on its feet, powering this Meursault-Charmes to a satisfying, structured finish. Deriving from two vineyard parcels with vines upwards of 35 years of age, Latour-Giraud’s Meursault Charmes is a classic evocation of this weighty, intense, aromatic and mineral-laden wine.
Domaine Latour Giraud Meursault Genevrieres 1er Cru 2016 750ml
Domaine Latour Giraud Meursault Genevrieres 1er Cru 2016 750ml
Price: $124.99

Balanced, seamless and beautiful, this ’16 Meursault-Genevrières has the stuffing for the long haul. Musky stone fruits mingle with crushed river rocks, green tea, lime zest and hazelnuts, notes that echo on the palate where they’re joined with a honeyed inner perfume. Mineral-laden and sophisticated, this wine impresses from its opening nose to its lingering close. Latour-Giraud has the largest holding in Genevrières, whose name comes from the juniper trees that once grew alongside the vineyard, and some of the domaine’s vines on its 6.1-acre holding date as far back as 1951. This wine ages for one year in barrel, 40% new, before bottling without filtration.
Domaine Latour Giraud Meursault Perrieres 1er Cru 2016 750ml
Domaine Latour Giraud Meursault Perrieres 1er Cru 2016 750ml
Price: $134.99

Stone fruits, green apples, and citrus zest layer with wildflowers, wild herbs, crushed rocks and spice in this lovely, polished ’16 Meursault-Perrières. Dynamic acidity enlivens this dense yet sophisticated wine, and its serious mineral core propels it across the palate to a complex, youthfully austere finish. This wine derives from the estate’s holding of 45-year-old vines in Perrières, and it ages for one year in barrel, 60-70% new, before bottling without filtration.
Domaine Latour Giraud Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Champs Canet 2016 750ml
Domaine Latour Giraud Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Champs Canet 2016 750ml
Price: $134.99

Ripe, intense, and a little atypical, the ’16 Champs Canet layers its sweet orchard and stone fruits with exotic spices, tropical nuts, crushed flower petals, black tea and a whiff of matchstick. The wine’s copious dry extract lends texture and weight, offering a rich, complex drinking experience that resonates on the extended finish. This Champs Canet derives from a vineyard of 35-year-old vines directly across from Meursault Les Perrières. Champs Canet blends the linear power of Perrières with the flintiness of Meursault to create a nervy, elegant wine. The wine ages for about 16 months in barrel, 60-70% new, before being bottled without filtration. Just 150 cases of this thrilling, powerful Puligny-Montrachet are made each vintage.
Latour Giraud Meursault Genevrieres Cuvee des Pierre 2016 750ml
Latour Giraud Meursault Genevrieres Cuvee des Pierre 2016 750ml
Price: $154.99
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Layered and expressive yet so detailed that it verges on austere, the ’16 Meursault-Genevrières Cuvée des Pierre is a stunning wine. Sweet stone fruits dance against a backdrop of crushed fresh herbs, tropical fruits, flinty minerals, and warm baking spices in this deeply perfumed wine. Copious dry extract floods the palate but the wine’s bright acidic core keeps in nimble and precise as it builds to a seamless, dry finish. Deriving from vines aged more than 50 year old, this wine ages in one-third new oak. Four barrels made in 2016.
Fiorano No. 48 Semillon 1989 750ml
Fiorano No. 48 Semillon 1989 750ml
Price: $165.00

Mysterious and beguiling, the nose of this ’89 Sémillon wafts with honeyed citrus, stone fruits, pressed white and yellow wildflowers, crushed herbs and butterscotch. This is a mesmerizing wine that complements its fragrant nose with savory, toffee-like minerality. Its silky mouth-feel lingers on the palate in an incredibly persistent, satisfying finish. This Fiorano Sémillon combines the characteristics and layers of a mature white Burgundy, the dried tropical fruit of a Sauternes, the texture and body of an Alsatian white, and the oxidative minerality of an aged Sherry, all together in one bottle. The product of dedication and passion from Principe Alberico Boncompagni Ludovisi and his Fiorano estate, whose avant-garde approach of organic agriculture and the use of a magical mold was way ahead of its time, this wine shows a rare ability to age.
Dominio de Pingus Ribera del Duero Pingus 2013 750ml
Dominio de Pingus Ribera del Duero Pingus 2013 750ml
Price: $879.99

Lush yet muscular, deeply aromatic yet detailed, and intense yet supple, the ’13 Pingus is a worthy follow up to the landmark 2012 bottling. Exotic spices, smoky minerals, crushed violet petals, and fruit pastilles frame the succulent red and blue fruits in this seductive, complex wine. As dense and complex as it is, this Pingus vintage fills the mouth with a Burgundian airiness, while grippy tannins cling to the cheeks and a sturdy mineral core drives the wine to a lingering, resonant finish. Deriving from Tempranillo vines planted as long ago as 1929, this flagship wine comes from two sites, one in Barrosso and one in San Cristobal. Never touched by pesticides, these vines have been biodynamic since 2001, and their grape yield is severely limited. After pressing, the wine ferments in stainless steel with natural yeasts, and it ages in entirely new oak for 20 to 23 months before bottling. Just 550 cases made.