The Mark Wine News Spring '18 Volume 8.2 - Page 11

Sustainable farming using traditional methods Old vines provide depth of character cooperage.” That alone, puts the winery ahead of the game. I also asked Thomas about what challenges the winery faces and was impressed with how he deals with them. “One of the particularities (advantages/ disadvantages) of Maison Louis Latour is that we offer a large range of wines. It allows me to work as tailor on micro-cuvees but I also work with the same attention on the more volume wines. The greatest challenge is to manage to make great wines in difficult vintages.” I was also wondering, being such a historic winery, what it has been like to grow with the times. “We are more and more making “haute couture” wines, tailor Louis Latour owns & operates it’s own cooperage Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru ‘En Caradeux’ is my favorite wine to make. This vineyard faces the Grand Cru hill of Corton and we like calling it our “baby Corton- Charlemagne”. -Jean-Charles Thomas made wines,” Thomas adds, “which means we have more a case by case approach. We have to be able to adapt our work to each different terroir.” And of course I had to ask if he has a favourite child. Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru ‘En Caradeux’ is his favorite wine to make. This vineyard faces the Grand Cru hill of Corton and they like calling it their “baby Corton-Charlemagne”. It is a very good value. It’s also very close to his special spot. “My favorite place to hang out is the Colline de Corton, especially around the Charlemagne Cross in the middle of the Corton- Charlemagne vineyards.” My last question was simple and straightforward. What is his favorite part of the winemaking process. “I love barrel topping during fermentation because it smells so good.” Okay. I’ll buy that. But for me, my favorite part is definitely drinking it, especially a Corton-Charlemagne. I’ll have to remember that spot if I ever get to Burgundy. Toasting the barrels at Louis Latour’s cooperage SPRING 2018 9