Maison Louis Latour is one of Burgundy's largest and most established producers. In 1797, the Latour family founded the 'Maison de Nègoce', a shipping company which would blossom into Maison Louis Latour. At the time the Latours were already vineyard owners and had been since 1731. Secondary production and distribution, however, were the Latours' primary ventures.
In France, at the time, many growers had operations that were too small to allow them to purchase the necessary equipment to vinify their grapes and bottle the wines. They also lacked contacts and customers to sell wines to. négociants, wine merchants with big bank accounts and customers worldwide, purchased grapes, partially vinified wines and sometimes full barrels which needed to be bottled and completed whatever was left of the winemaking process. In 1867, Maison Louis Latour entered into the exclusive circle of négociants in Beaune after acquiring another shipper and began to export wines all over the world.
As is often the case, many négociants also own vineyards and produce their own wines from beginning to end. Maison Louis Latour owns 50 hectares of vineyards in the Cote d'Or region of Burgundy, from Chambertin in the north to Chevalier Montrachet in the south. All vineyards are planted exclusively to the two noble grape varieties: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Since 1890, all Latour wines have been produced at Château Corton-Grancey in the small town of Aloxe Corton in the Cote-d'Or.
Today, Maison Louis Latour produces 8 million bottles of wine annually. Its finest bottlings are single vineyard Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs from the Cote d'Or. Latour has also been one of the first producers to experiment with Burgundian varietals outside of Burgundy. Sites in Ardeche and Coteaux de Verdon are steadily gaining a reputation for producing high quality wines.