The Mark Wine News Spring '18 Volume 8.2 - Page 10

L’Artisan LO U I S L ATO U R ’ S JEAN-CHARLES THOMAS 8 I remember my first taste of French wine like it was yesterday. I was 8 years old and my family was dining at The Chanticleer on Nantucket. My father allowed me to taste the wine from his glass. It was a Louis Latour Puligny-Montrachet. I know this because I saved the bottle and used it for collecting pennies over the years. When we first partnered with Maison Louis Latour a few years ago, so many warm and wonderful memories of drinking their wines were relived. I was so excited when the head winemaker of Maison Louis Latour; Jean-Charles Thomas, agreed to an interview as I was so curious about who he is and how he got there. As I imagined, wine was in his blood, but he actually had other aspirations growing up. “I love hunting,” he says, “and I wanted to be a professional hunter.” In fact it remains one of his biggest hobbies. “I enjoy hunting with hounds, horseback riding and scuba diving,” he adds. He smiled when I recanted my story of my first taste of wine and replied that his first taste of wine was a red Chinon. Chinon is a commune located in the Indre-et-Loire department in the Region Centre, France. The regional area is called the Touraine, which is known as the “garden of France”. Chinon is well known for its wine, castle, and historic town. Thomas grew up in Haute-Marne, halfway between Burgundy and Champagne. And yes, his family owns a few hectares of vines. “It’s in a small AOC vineyard next to Sancerre,” he says. Thomas studied wine at the University de Bourgogne in Dijon. “I obtained a Bachelors in Viticultural Sciences in 1992 and a Master of Oenology in 1994,” he adds. After school he worked in several different regions of France. “I worked doing vinification i HۙH[^KXYX[H[Z[8&R\Z]YK\HHX[]\]XH\[][ۜX\\Z]YKܛ\Z[\[ܛޙ\˂H[[ݙY\Hۜ[[[\[B[\H\XHو[[[H܈YX\˂X\\[[Z[X\]\[Hܛ[œY[ۜˈ8'H]H][Y]H]X]\B[Hܛ[Y[ۈ[[KXYH]B][YXZ[H\H[H[Y[[^KZ\]\[[XZ\X[P\\X\ŠH[Y[[^H\[]\[XXB[X[܈ HوH[Hܛۈ[Hݚ[KH[^H]\ݙ\ L[Y]\[Xܛ\[X\Y[ۜ]\Z[[[[X]KB܈H\[H\YX\X\\Y[X[\[K8'H]HY[ܚ[]XZ\ۂZ\]\܈ݙ\ YX\ˈH[YXZ\ۂZ\]\\H[[XZ\[ NNMH[X[YBXY[[XZ\Y\X[TY\Hؘ\8&\œ]\[Y[[و K'BH\[\\Y[]X\[XZ\H[\وXZ\ۈZ\]\[\]YH[[\\[ˈ8'XZ\ۈZ\]\\H\H[\]YB[K8'HH^\8'[XX]\[\][ۂܚY\] \\\H[\ܝ[ \]\BYۘ]\HوH\[K\[\\H[Y[[\[]H[YH[YK[H]HB][\Y\HK\[[YY[]\\BYYۈHY\]]]\[ˈH\H[\H\Y[]HY[[وH[X™\Y[][ۈ[\[H]X [ق\K[H\[H\HYHH\ۂHPTSHU