2003 Louis Latour Corton Clos de la Vigne au Saint Grand Cru
 
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Domaine Louis Latour When Trains Melted

It's the most unforgettable vintage of the new millennium. In the summer of 2003, trains melted. Small rivers dried up. Some in Burgundy fled second floor bedrooms and bunked down in the cool, dank cellars beneath their houses. Growers on the Cote de Beaune moved up their vacation plans, anticipating harvest in the first days of September.

Some producers recently told us that they returned from the mountains on the 15th of August to prepare for harvest -- only to find their neighbors already in the vines. In a country that prides itself on its viticultural rules, all of these growers were picking before the legal date of harvest. But it wouldn't matter. The authorities were still on holiday!

Burgundy's Grand Cru Pinot Noirs are the most floral, delicate red wines in the world. Most growers will tell you that Pinot Noir needs a hundred days on the vine -- from flowering to harvest -- to show off all of its ethereal, crushed red fruit majesty. After that torrid summer of 2003, many were obliged to pick at 80 days, in one of the earliest harvests in recent Burgundian history.

The ill-equipped would find their grapes beginning to ferment before they even arrived at the winery. Those with sufficient resources refrigerated their Pinot Noir after picking, conducting a sort of pre-fermentation cold soak, which nursed color, concentration and fine tannic structure from the small-berry clusters. Particularly in a small handful of more protected, south-facing Grand Cru vineyards, that Pinot Noir would combine intensely vibrant, red-fruit compactness with broad shoulders and brilliant acid backbone. Ten years after the historic harvest of September 2003, these Burgundies have proven to be some of the most brilliant of the last decades -- few more so than Louis Latour's "Corton La Saint," a Grand Cru Burgundy somehow locked in suspended animation.

Louis Latour's prized "La Vigne au Saint" is a mere 6.25-acre parcel set in the center-cut of this Aloxe-Corton hillside, just a stone's throw from Latour's massive Corton Charlemagne holding. Unlike other Grand Crus on the Cote de Beaune, "La Vigne au Saint" is nestled in a more protected, south-facing recess. Always the latest maturing of Latour's Grand Crus, in cold vintages, we've always found "La Vigne au Saint" to be the lightest in the Latour stable. But in 2003, few parcels would so nonchalantly shrug off the summer inferno. Clusters would be nursed to miracle physiological maturity, absent any sign of shriveling or sunburn, making for the richest, most remarkably age-worthy Latour Grand Cru in decades.

The 2003 Louis Latour Corton "La Vigne au Saint" Grand Cru is deep, dark, ruby red to the rim. The aromas alone are worth the price of admission, a luscious mix of crushed raspberries, sweet cherry and classic underbrush, lively and still wonderfully primary. Rich, juicy and meaty on the attack, with excellent density and weight, this is a wildly opulent effort from Latour, showing off all the full-throttle hedonism of the extraordinary 2003 harvest.

Not to be missed by Burgundy collectors or coastal Pinot Noir lovers looking for a bargain taste of perfectly aged Grand Cru Burgundy.

Tasting Notes

2003 Louis Latour Corton Clos de la Vigne au Saint Grand Cru
"Deepest ruby in color. The aromas alone are worth the price of admission, a luscious mix of crushed raspberries, sweet cherry and classic underbrush, lively and still wonderfully primary. Rich, juicy and meaty on the attack, with excellent density and weight, this is a wildly opulent effort from Latour, showing off all the full-throttle hedonism of the extraordinary 2003 harvest. Drink now for its still forward fruit plushness or lay down for another 3-5 years. Superb."
-- WineAccess Travel Log


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