With the largest holding of Grand Cru vineyards in Burgundy (68 acres), the philosophy has always been to maximize the quality of the grapes to produce great wines. The care and attention to detail seen in their sustainably farmed vineyards are carried over into their winemaking where commitment to traditional and manual techniques brings out the absolute best in all of their incredibly age-worthy and food-friendly wines.
Chassagne-Montrachet is located to the south of Puligny-Montrachet in the Côte de Beaune and is one of Burgundy's greatest white wine appellations. As its name suggests this small parcel of just 0.5 hectares is situated right at the top of the slope of the Montagne de Chassagne at an altitude of 310 meters. It is a safely hidden treasure, surrounded by vegetation and only accessible by a small dirt track.
Louis Latour stands out among its competitors as it controls every aspect of production from grape to bottle. The winery operates its own vineyard, nursery, forests for oak sourcing of their barrels, printing shop, and even unique bottle shape.
Today, Maison Latour operates 25 family-owned and managed companies around the world. The winery produces wine from 140 appellations. The winery also owns and operates Maison Simmoney-Febve in Chablis and Maison Henry Fessy, which remarkably produces wines in nine out of ten Cru Beaujolais. The winery also produces white wine in the Ardeche (near Cotes du Rhone) and Pinot Noir at Dom. de Valmolsinne in Southern France.
In the US, Louis Latour operates as its own importer, cutting out the middleman, which mirrors BHW's own cost-efficiency.
Jean Charles Thomas has been the winemaker at Louis Latour for 32 years. Prior to that, he apprenticed with Jean Pierre Jobard for more than 10 years. Jean Charles is widely considered one of the finest winemakers in the world, with unrivaled experience and expertise with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in Premier Cru and Grand Cru vineyards. During his tenure at Louis Latour, he has produced more than 40 wines rated 95+.
Aging: 8 to 10 months in stainless steel vats
Tasting Notes:100% Chardonnay. Gold colored with aromas of muscat and raisins. It is supple in the mouth with notes of brioche and grilled hazelnuts. Nice balance and already very flattering.
Fresh and bright with a reductive undertone to the nose. Boasts excellent depth of fruit. Dried lemons and apples. Vivid finish. Drink on release. ~93-94 James Suckling
Fresh, sporting apple, honey, and toasted spice aromas and flavors. Open and accessible, finishing with a quinine note. Drink now through 2025. 70 cases imported. ~91 Wine Spectator
Hefty citrus fruit giving plenty of concentration, and a slightly furry texture providing shape for the palate. Nice spicy persistence on the finish. Drink 2018-2026 ~17/20 Jancis Robinson
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