Grand Cru White Burgundy’s Epic Vintage
The Domaine Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru White Burgundy is “always a fantastic wine,” notes James Suckling. The 97-point 2015 Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne’s “full-bodied, layered, and textured” mouthfeel is more than fantastic — it’s exceptional. In June, our Chief Wine Officer, Matt Deller, MW, met with Louis-Fabrice Latour at Vinexpo to taste through a mesmerizing lineup of 2015s. But it was today’s Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne that came out on top — a first-place showing when pitted against Faiveley, Louis Jadot and other titans. Antonio Galloni of Vinous has hailed 2015 as “an outstanding vintage in terms of both quality and consistency” in Burgundy. The bad news? Yields were down, a fifth-straight harvest and prices will skyrocket. The good: 50 cases are up for grabs at the best delivered price in the U.S. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Côte de Nuits. Chevalier-Montrachet. Côte de Beaune. Louis Latour has vineyards in all of these Grand Crus and is the largest owner of vines in the supremely coveted Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru. More impressively, the domaine is still a family business — Louis-Fabrice is the eleventh generation of Latour to head the domaine. While he’s snapped up properties like Simonnet-Febvre in Chablis and Henry Fessy in Beaujolais, the domaine’s 118 acres of Burgundy vines is still nearest to his soul.
For the 2015 Domaine Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru, he turns his attention to the limestone-rich slopes of the Grand Cru Corton-Charlemagne about a mile north of the medieval wine capital of Beaune. The Chardonnay vines thrived in 2015’s sun-soaked conditions, producing a creamy, near-tropical expression of terroir that instantly reminds why labels from Bourgogne command top dollar.