Thursday, March 29, 2012

Louis Latour Puligny-Montrachet Premier Cru, 1992

Poured from a 375 ml bottle, this 1992 Puligny-Montrachet is a deep old gold well it should be after 20 years in the bottle. A sniff and a taste reveal, though, that this wine has a few years yet to go. It has a wonderfully rich bouquet: red roses, cherries, tropical fruits and hazelnuts--very engaging. On the palate, it's full bodied with a range of flavors, including a strong mineral component. Perfect balance of ripeness and acidity. Clings to the palate on the finish. Not a great wine but a special experience. Well chosen oak has contributed to the beauty of this wine, but, even at this age, the fruit is still dominant. This is what mature white Burgundy is all about.

1 comment:

  1. Nice post, Fred. Takes me back to 1998 when I had a chance to taste a Leroy white Burgundy (sadly, I've forgotten the village) from 1969, my birth year. 29 years old and it was stunningly youthful with no sign of age or oxidation.

    We should all have the foresight to lay a few wines like this down and forget about them in the cellar for 20-30 years.