The Mark Wine News Spring '18 Volume 8.2 - Page 12

Les Maîtres de Bourgogne (T he M asters L of B u r g u n dy ) ouis Latour has over two centuries of Burgundian history and the seventh Louis Latour; Louis-Fabrice Latour currently runs the company. The Latour family have been growing wine since the 17th century, slowly growing their property to more than 125 acres in prime Burgundy country. In fact Latour owns 25 acres of Corton-Charlemagne, one of the most famous white wines of Burgundy. The winery was built in 1854 and was the first purpose-built winery in France. Its cellars are embedded in the rock of Corton. Louis Latour is one of the most visible of the traditional large Domaines in Burgundy. Each year they make around 150 different wines, with a production of 8.5 million bottles, of which some 1 million are Pinot Noir. There are two sides to the business, joined together. (Notably, all the wines are bottled in the same distinctive, heavy but elegant bottle, from the most basic to the most expensive.) They also have their own cooperage for making their barrels. Domaine Louis Latour is responsible for wines from Louis Latour’s own vineyard holdings in Burgundy, which are extensive, including 17 hectares of Grand Cru Corton and almost 10 hectares of Grand Cru Corton Charlemagne. Then there’s the bigger negociant business, Maison Louis Latour, which includes in its portfolio wines from the Ardeche (they control 380 hectares there) and the Var (Provence). In addition, Louis Latour own Simmonet-Febvre in Chablis and Henry Fessy in Beaujolais. Domaine Louis Latour covers 48 hectares of vineyard, from the red Grand Cru of Chambertin and Romanée- Saint Vivant in the Côte de Nuits to the white Grand Cru of Corton Charlemagne and Chevalier-Montrachet in the Côtes de Beaune. Today, Louis Latour’s vineyards, represent the largest holding of Grand Cru vineyards in Burgundy. Boris Champy has been the head winemaker/di- rector of Domaine Louis Latour since 2008. (His counterpart, head winemaker for Maison Louis Latour, Jean-Charles Thomas is featured in this issue’s TANK TALK.) Champy is from a wine- Simonnet Febvre’s Chitry Winery in Burgundy (Making Crémant de Bourgogne) 10 THE MARK WINE NEWS