(Latour told me this wine and most of his other premier crus weigh in at about 13.5% alcohol and carry about 4.5 grams per liter of acidity, which he attributes largely to the low-yielding old vines): Bright lemon-yellow. Lemon zest and crushed stone on the nose, plus a piquant note of orange. Conveys a brighter, rockier mineral aspect than the Charmes ("another form of minerality," says Latour), along with more tension, and a note of pineapple that remains this side of exotic. This lovely high-pitched, concentrated wine is shockingly tastable now, yet it also possesses the force of the vintage's better examples. Latour noted that this wine finished its malolactic fermentation first among his '16s and that he gave it a slightly stronger fining with casein than the rest.
Stephen Tanzer, September 2018
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