Founded in 1979, Maison Louis Latour is a négociant-roseveur of red and white wines in Burgundy, run by Louis-Fabrice Latour, the seventh generation of Louis Latour. Situated on the hillside of Corton in the Côte de Beaune, the estate owns around fifty hectares of vines, including 10 in Corton-Charlemagne, 17 in Corton as well as in Gevrey-Chambertin, Vosne-Romanée and Puligny Montrachet. The house is considered to be the largest estate of Grands Crus in Burgundy. It stands out for its carefully selected vineyards in Burgundy's most renowned wine-growing regions. The wines of Maison Louis Latour are renowned for their distinctive character, their elegance and their ability to recognise the very essence of the Burgundy terroir.
TECHNICAL INFORMATIONs of MAISON LOUIS LATOUR
OWNER : Louis-Fabrice Latour GENERAL MANAGER : Christophe Deloa CHAI MASTER : Jean-Charles Thomas OENOLOGIST : Nathalie Bobard CULTURE MANAGER : Sylvain Chavance TECHNICAL DIRECTOR : David Chazerans MAIN APPELLATION : Corton-Charlemagne VINEYARD AREA : 50 hectares (Red : 40, White : 10) VINEYARD MANAGEMENT : Sustainable cultivation SOILS : argile, calcaire, craie AVERAGE AGE OF VINES : 35 years RED GRAPE VARIETY : Pinot Noir (100%) WHITE GRAPE VARIETY : Chardonnay (100%) HARVEST : Manuelles WINE-MAKING : Oak vats (red), stainless steel vats then oak vats (white), matured in oak barrels PRODUCTION : 230 000 bottles
DOMAINE LOUIS LATOUR : THE HISTORY
The Latour family, steeped in Burgundy's history for over two centuries, began its winegrowing adventure in 1730 with the purchase of its first plots of vines in the Côte de Beaune. At the same time, the family was mainly involved in cooperage. A few years later, Jean Latour founded his own cooperage before extending his influence by building up a vast estate through the acquisition of other appellations.
Maison Louis Latour was officially founded in 1797. From then on, the wines began to be exported throughout Europe, starting with Great Britain, where the signature of the first Louis Latour appears on the deed of purchase of a parcel in Corton. The house continued to prosper with the construction of the Corton Grancey winery by the Marquis of Cordoba.
In 1860, the estate expanded to cover 10 hectares, and Maison Louis Latour wines began to be exported internationally (United States, Brussels, London). The wines also attracted the royal courts of England, Austria and Russia. At that time, the wines were delivered in barrels until the end of the 19th century, before being bottled. Most of the wine labels were designed by Monsieur Latour and then carefully preserved.
1867: Maison Luis Latour expands its activities by becoming a wine merchant and sets up its premises in Beaune.
1870-1931: Almost all of France's vineyards, and Burgundy in particular, are destroyed by phylloxera attacks.
1970: In his constant quest for modernisation and technical progress, Louis Latour builds modern facilities on the outskirts of Beaune, at Clos Chameroy. The site brings together all the stages from winemaking to shipping, and today includes the cooperage, the printing works, the white wine vat room and the bottling and labelling lines.
1979: Louis Latour exports its Burgundian know-how to the Ardèche and develops a high-quality Chardonnay.
1985: First vintage for Grand Ardèche.
1986: Creation of our American import subsidiary, Louis Latour Inc.
1989: Building on its success in the Ardèche, Louis Latour plants Pinot Noir in the Var and creates Domaine de Valmoissine.
1990: Creation of the English subsidiary Louis Latour Ltd in London.
1999: Louis-Fabrice Latour, the seventh Louis Latour and eleventh generation of the founding line, takes over the management of the House.
2003: International ISO 14001 environmental certification
ThE LOUIS LATOUR ESTATE
Domaine Louis Latour covers a total area of 48 hectares, of which 27 hectares are classified as Grand Cru. The essential centre of the estate is in the charming village of Aloxe-Corton, which has been the family cradle since the beginnings of the House. The estate covers everything from the prestigious red Grand Crus of the Côte de Nuits, such as Chambertin and Romanée-Saint-Vivant, to the renowned white Grand Crus of the Côte de Beaune, Corton-Charlemagne and Chevalier-Montrachet.
The unique diversity of Burgundy's terroirs gives single-vineyard growing the power to express the aromatic palette of each plot: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Since 2003, the entire estate has been managed according to the principles of sustainable agriculture and has been awarded ISO 14001 certification.
In 2017, the former technical director of Château Phélan-Ségur, Christophe Deloa, took over the management of Domaine Louis Latour with great determination. Driven by respect for the environment, he continues Maison Louis Latour's efforts in its vision of sustainable development, with an emphasis on preserving biodiversity and the vineyard ecosystem. His desire to conserve these elements continues to grow, reflecting the spirit of the Maison Louis Latour.
I dream of a Great Burgundy
LOUIS-FABRICE LATOUR - 2017
DOMAINE LES PIERRES DORÉES
•Expansion into the greater Burgundy region with the purchase and replanting of 20 hectares in the Pierres Dorées vineyard.
•The terroir is located in the south of the Beaujolais region, with fairly stony clay-limestone soils. The soil composition and altitude are ideal for Pinot Noir.
•The climate is temperate and continental, with Mediterranean and mountain influences sunny but fairly cool, as the vines are planted between 280 and 400 metres above sea level.
LOUIS LATOUR ARDÈCHE
•A know-how that has been expressed in the Ardèche since the late 70s.
•An exceptional terroir where the Chardonnay grape flourishes.
•The estate enjoys a Mediterranean climate.
•The average altitude is 270 metres.
•The soils are composed of clay, limestone and chalk, similar to those found in Burgundy.
DOMAINE DE VALMOISSINE VAR
•The estate was founded in 1989, when the first vines were planted on 35 hectares.
•The estate produces wines exclusively from Pinot Noir and now covers more than 100 hectares.
•The vines face due south on clay-limestone and stony soils.
•Yields are very low (30 to 35 hectolitres) to ensure full ripeness and concentration of the grapes.
•Here, Burgundian know-how reveals all the elegance of Pinot Noir grown in the contrasting climate of the Verdon heights.
From vine to cellar
For the past twenty years, Maison Louis Latour has been practising integrated farming, certified ISO 14001, using environmentally-friendly practices. An in-depth analysis of the terroir and soil is carried out to produce top-quality wines. Specific biological techniques are used to combat vine diseases.
The estate produces its own compost (around 70 tonnes) from prunings and pomace from the pressing of grapes, thus avoiding the use of chemical fertilisers. Traditional viticulture methods are favoured, with part of the work carried out by a horse. The vines are thinned out to improve the aeration of the bunches and encourage better sunshine.
From cellar to the bottle
Every year, Maison Louis Latour produces and markets no fewer than 130 different appellations around the world. The exceptional quality of its wines is a testament to the meticulous care and constant vigilance, from the vines right through to bottling. Each plot is carefully monitored in August, with tastings and analyses carried out on sampled berries. This makes it possible to determine the precise date of the harvest, guaranteeing optimal ripening of the grapes and an authentic expression of the terroir in the wines.
Maison Louis Latour combines a traditional approach to winemaking with the use of modern techniques. The vinification and ageing of the different cuvées are subject to regular and careful monitoring. Respect for the grapes and adaptation to the specific conditions of each vintage require a great deal of experience. Since its creation, the House has been committed to preserving the quality of its wines and showcasing its craftsmanship.
The white wines are made with great care, and a precise selection of grapes is made during the harvest. Accompanied by their stalks, the berries are harvested by hand and then pressed. The musts obtained begin their fermentation in stainless steel vats, before being transferred to barrels during which alcoholic fermentation continues for around 15 days. The wines are then matured for 8 to 10 months before being racked.
SIGNATURE WINES FROM THE MAISON OF LOUIS LATOUR
For more than two centuries, Maison Louis Latour has taken care to vinify more than 100 appellations in order to reveal a unique complexity in each of their cuvées. The facilities are equipped with the most modern tools, with the choice to maintain simple, traditional winemaking techniques.
The Louis Latour style embodies a skilful blend of nature's generosity and human know-how. The House pays deep respect to the rhythm of the vineyard, where the wines are vinified in accordance with their own characteristics. The main aim is to bring out the exceptional elegance of Burgundy's prestigious terroirs.
The red wines are distinguished by their finesse and elegance, thanks to a measured vatting process that extracts a perfect balance between tannins and fruity aromas. Through its wines, the House aims to sublimate the delicacy of Pinot Noir while preserving the subtlety of the aromas.
They attach great importance to balance in the vinification of their white wines, seeking to bring out the power of the Chardonnay and reveal its terroir, while retaining a touch of acidity to preserve freshness and reveal complexity. Balance is considered a priority when making white wines, in order to create structured, rich and well-balanced wines.