2018 Domaine Latour-Giraud Meursault 1er Cru Les Genevrières (375ml)15 15 0 0
92 points Allen Meadows
Smoky, cool and elegant aromas are composed primarily of various white orchard fruit, acacia blossom, citrus rind, wood and a hint of exotic tea. The racy, intense and admirably concentrated flavors possess very good volume as well as an appealing minerality that adds a sense of lift to the sneaky long, balanced and firm finale. This too is lovely and a wine that will need at least a few years of cellaring as it's presently fairly tightly wound.
Jean-Pierre Latour winked while observing that "2017 is like the perfect child whereas 2018 is like the naughty child that everyone loves anyway! After a rainy spring, conditions thereafter turned hot and dry, yet we had just enough rain when the vines most needed it. This is a seemingly minor point but it's actual critical to understanding why there was so little hydric stress, or even none at all in many vineyards. We picked from the 29th of August and brought in yields that averaged around 40 hl/ha for the 1ers and between 45 and 48 hl/ha for the villages level wines. Potential alcohols were good to very good without actually being high, which is to say they ranged from a low of 12.8% to a high of 13.5%. While in some ways it's tempting to suggest that 2017 and 2018 made similarly styled wines, I don't see it that way. While it's true that some 2017s are actually very forward and already approachable, which can also be said about some 2018s, the two vintages are not constructed in the same fashion. The 2018s are super-aromatic whereas the 2017s are more restrained and more elegant. Both have their attributes and characteristics that will appeal to different consumers in different ways. 2017 is probably more serious and more ageworthy but the difference is not as great as what is being reported in my view." Latour further noted that a portion of his 2018s were bottled in January 2020. (6/2020)