Corton Grand Cru"Domaine Latour"
- RegionCôte de Beaune
- AppellationCorton Grand Cru
- Grape varietyPinot Noir
- Average vine age 40 years
- SoilMarl and limestone
- Average yield35 hl/ha
- HarvestHand picked
- Cellaring Potential10-15 years
- Serving temperature 16-17°
- The grapes selected to produce this wine are located on the hill of Corton in south-easterly facing parcels: Clos du Roi, Les Bressandes, Les Grèves, Les Perrières. The vines are managed in the traditional way by the Louis Latour team which carries out strict pruning in order to produce later harvests thus insuring a good degree of maturity in the grapes. This wine is made up of grapes selected from several different parcels of vines in order to guarantee consistent quality each year. It has a good ageing potential.
Vinification & Ageing
- FermentationTraditional in open vats
- Ageing10 to 12 months ageing in oak barrels, 15% new
- BarrelsLouis Latour cooperage, French oak, medium toasted
- Tasting NoteA dark cherry colored robe. The dominant aromas are those of jammed wild red berries, which evolve into more cherry and licorice-like ones, this complemented with subtle wood notes. A muscular wine that holds well on the palate. A wine with utmost great cellaring potential, not to be opened for at least ten years to allow for it to reach its apogee. Tasted March 2007.
- Food PairingBeef "Bourguignon" - wild boar - mature cheeses
- Corton Grand Cru "Domaine Latour" 2012 - Wine Spectator Insider - Avril 2015 - 94/100The cherry, liquorice, sandalwood and mineral notes are elegantly displayed in this rich, harmonious red. Flows almost seamlessly now, with a chalky feel on the long finish the only trace of youthfulness. Fine lenght. Best from 2020 trough 2035.
- Corton Grand Cru "Domaine Latour" 2011 - Wine Spectator Insider - April 2014 - 92/100Rich and rangy, with cherry and spice flavors filling the broad profile. Ample acidity and tannins shore up this version, leading to a slightly compact finish. Fine length. Best from 2016 through 2028. (USA)
- Corton Grand Cru "Domaine Latour" 2010 - Wine Spectator - October 2013 - 90/100Shy on fruit, this shows a density and sweetness in the center that bodes well for the future. Best from 2016 through 2026.
- Corton Grand Cru "Domaine Latour" 2009 - Wine Spectator - February 2012 - 90/100A big, ripe, juicy red, full of cherry, currant and spice notes. This quickly turns firm, clamping down on the burly finish. Typical for this appellation, but less charming for the vintage. Be patient. Best from 2014 through 2026. (USA)
- Corton Grand Cru "Domaine Latour" 2008 - Wine Spectator - April 2011 - 90/100With its mix of cherry, strawberry and a touch of herbs, this red offers bright flavors matched to a juicy profile. This is open and approachable now, but should develop over the medium term. Fine length. Drink now through 2022.
- Corton Grand Cru "Domaine Latour" 2007 - Wine Spectator - March 2010 - 92/100Tightly wound now, this red shows density to its wild berry and cherry flavors, with a streak of mineral and fine length. There's a latent sweetness that offsets the firm, tensile structure, but this needs time to come together. Best from 2012 trhough 2022. By Bruce Sanderson, USA.
- Corton Grand Cru "Domaine Latour" 2007 - Burghound.com - April 2009 - 90/100Light ruby. An interesting if not overly complex nose of red and black cherry with earth nuances make for a less than dramatic introduction to the round, easy, forward and supple flavors that are also on the light side though the finish tightens up enough to suggest that cellar time is definitely needed. Moreover, the finish offers much better depth than can be found on the nose. In sum, this isn't a bad wine so much as it's not very typical by the standards of what one expects from a classic Corton. 2014+. By Allen Meadows (USA).
- Corton Grand Cru "Domaine Latour" 2000 - Vin Mat & Vanner - 93/100Mature wine with round liquorice notes and ripe preserved red berries.
- Corton Grand Cru « Domaine Latour » 1999 - Wine International - July 2004 - 90/100"A creamy raspberry palate. This gentle and enjoyable.” "A very appealing palate with big tannins and acidity to balance.” Drink 2005-2008. (USA)
- 1996 Corton Grand Cru "Domaine Latour" - Wine Advocate - 86-88 points :The bright ruby/purple-colored Corton, produced from vineyards owned by this old, Beaune-based house, offers blackberries and blueberries in the nose and a beautiful ripe, medium-bodied, and silky core of black cherries and cassis. This well-crafted wine should be at its peak between 1999 and 2004.
- 1993 Corton Grand Cru - Wine Magazine - May 2003 - 94 points :«Light and easy with mature farmyard and truffle aromas. Sweet elegant fruit with good depth and length ». DS « Nice farmyard nose ? with soft ripe raspberry fruit. The length and flavour really comes out on the finish ». BF « Fresh, vegetal Pinot Noir fruit with high acidity on the finish. Age 0 - 2 days ». RW