Saturday, June 9, 2012

Louis Latour Pernand-Vergelesses, 1998

Now here is a mature white Burgundy to put the Macon Vire-Clesse up against. A few years ago, this 1998 Pernand-Vergelesses was angular and almost bitter on the finish--not pleasant to drink. Tonight, it is approaching maturity and showing nicely.

The color is a deep gold (not as dark as the Vire-Clesse but what you would expect from a 1998 from Louis Latour). The bouquet opens up nicely: butter, flowers, nuts, white peaches, spice--has everything. On the palate, it's not showy but has sparkle and richness. This isn't a top vintage for this wine, but it's still very good.

Louis Latour Villages wines (Saint Aubin is my favorite) are somewhat difficult to find but relatively inexpensive. I paid about $15 for this around 2000, but the price has undoubtedly gone up by 15 or 20% by now. Even so, it's far superior, in my view, to the very good Vire-Clesse which might sell for around the same price. It's all about location, of course.

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