This Thursday we’ll welcome Tim Cousins, east coast brand manager for the distributor, Monsieur Touton. Tim is an expert on the wines of Maison Louis Latour and he’ll be pouring five of their selections that exemplify their position as the master of all things Burgundy. CinCin! ~Dale
The Latour family are long established in Burgundy’s wine trade. They began as vine growers in the village of Aloxe-Corton as early as the 1760s and went on to establish Maison Louis Latour in 1797. Today they are one of the region’s most famous names, creating wines from their own 50-hectare domaine in the Côte d’Or, and from grapes and wines purchased through the negociant arm of the business. They also produce all their own barrels at their small traditional cooperage in Savigny-Lès-Beaune. The company has been in family ownership for eleven generations and is now led by the seventh person to take the name Louis Latour.
Simonnet-Febvre Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru 2017 (Chablis, Burgundy, France)-92 points James Suckling; 91 Wine Advocate
The Maison & Domaine of Simonnet-Febvre were founded in 1840 by Jean Febvre, a barrel maker by trade from the town of Montbard. In the early days, the house was known for its sparkling Chardonnays (known today as Crémants de Bourgogne) from Chablis. Over the years, the Febvres acquired holdings in some of the greatest terroirs in Chablis. In 2003, Simonnet-Febvre was acquired by Maison Louis Latour. Since its purchase, the Latours have completely renovated the winemaking facilities, installing new stainless steel tanks and pneumatic presses. The vineyards have been reworked with the same sustainable vineyard practices utilized in Latour’s 125-acre domain in the Côte d’Or. Maison Louis Latour also hired a talented new winemaker, Jean-Philippe Archambaud.
This vineyard is situated on the left bank of the Serein river and has an ideal south-westerly aspect. The soils of the left bank are less clay-like than those of the right bank. This wine is one of the most highly-rated left-bank Chablis.
“Some attractive stony and chalky aromas, as well as white peaches and hints of yellow grapefruit. The palate has a great sense of detail and composure. Very tight with good density and weight and a tense finish…” JS
“An expressive bouquet of honeysuckle, fresh peach and ripe citrus oil introduces the 2017 Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons, a medium to full-bodied, expansive wine with a satiny attack, a succulent core of fruit and a saline finish. This is a very typical and nicely executed rendition of Vaillons.” WA
Cellar Price: $31.99/bottle (No additional discounts)
Louis Latour Saint Véran Les Deux Moulins 2017 (Mâconnais, Burgundy, France) Louis Latour Saint Veran Les Deux Moulins takes its name from two watermills that straddle La Petite Grosne river. The rain that falls on the vineyards filters through the calcareous bedrock to help feed the river as it flows away west towards the famous monastic town of Cluny. Saint Véran is situated in the very South of the Mâconnais. The Saint-Véran vineyards form a belt around Pouilly-Fuissé. The two are similar in terms of relief and production techniques, even in their actual taste and fragrance. The area’s Jurassic chalk soil and the vineyard’s ideal exposure combine perfectly to produce top quality fruit.
The grapes for the Louis Latour Saint Veran Les Deux Moulins are sourced from 30-year-old vineyards. After harvest, the grapes are fermented in stainless steel in order to preserve the freshness of the fruit. Slow, cool fermentation with complete malolactic fermentation allows the wine to maintain its rich and concentrated flavors. It is aged for 8 to 10 months aging in stainless steel vats prior to bottling.
“Pale yellow in color, our Saint-Véran “Les Deux Moulins” 2017 reveals a fresh and floral nose with notes of fresh almond and vanilla. Full-bodied wine with a nice minerality.” ~ Winery
Cellar Price: $20.99/bottle (No additional discounts)
Louis Latour Pouilly-Fuissé 2017 (Mâconnais, Burgundy, France)
89 Points Wine Spectator
Pouilly-Fuissé is the name of the village in the Mâconnais that produces highly distinctive Chardonnay wine. The vineyards producing this wine are part of a breath-taking landscape where the limestone and heavy clay soils combine to create a unique ‘terroir’.
Louis Latour Pouilly-Fuissé represents one of the winery’s most tried and true Mâconnais wine. The 2017 vintage stands out as one of the winery’s best efforts.
“Of a pale yellow color, our Pouilly-Fuissé 2017 has a floral nose with verbena and honey hints. The mouth is round and ample with yellow fruits. It has a nice tension.” ~ Winery
“A rich version, this displays peach, apple pie, anise and baking spice flavors. Broad and powerful, with light tannins gracing the finish. Drink now through 2022. 25,000 cases made, 18,000 cases imported.” WS
Cellar Price: $24.99/bottle (No additional discounts)
Louis Latour Savigny-les-Beaune Red Burgundy (Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, France)- 90 points Wine Enthusiast; 89 Burghound
Lying just beneath the hill of Beaune, the vine-growing areas of Savigny-les-Beaune fall into two areas. The first is in the south adjacent to Beaune and the other is in the north bordering on the appellation of Aloxe-Corton. The red wines of Savigny are very like those of Beaune.
“Deep ruby red, with garnet hues, the Savigny-lès-Beaune has an intense nose reminiscent of wild strawberry, cherry, coffee and spices aromas.
The mouth is powerful with a certain freshness with notes of licorice and cassis. Superb tannic finish.” ~ Winery
“The wine is ripe with red-cherry and plum flavors and plenty of acidity to balance. It is a rounded wine, generous with fruitiness and with a touch of tannin at the end. This is a fine village wine from this attractive appellation.” WE
“This is agreeably fresh with its layered array of red currant, floral and markedly earth-scented nose. There is even better delineation to the vibrant flavors that terminate in a similarly softly austere finale. This is on the lighter side but I like the flavor authority and punch. 2019+” B
Cellar Price: $34.99/bottle (No additional discounts)
Henry Fessy ‘Julienas’ Cru du Beaujolais 2016 (Beaujolais, Burgundy, France) – 93 points James Suckling; 89 Wine Enthusiast
Since 1888 the Fessy family has been based in the heart of the Brouilly appellation. Over the years they have purchased choice parcels of vineyards in most of the ten Crus and the Beaujolais-Villages appellations to create the enviable domaine that we have today of nearly 70 hectares of prime vineyards.
Henry Fessy has remained faithful to the traditional method (no carbonic maceration) which favors the balance between the seductive fruit-forwardness and the supple tannins which guarantee good aging capability.
“Our Juliénas 2016 with a ruby color with purple glints, offers nice aromas of blackcurrant and strawberry. The ample mouth develops fruity notes with subtle hints of coffee on the finish.” ~ Winery
“This is very nuanced with oysters and saltwater. Dark fruit. Full to medium body, bright fruit and acidity. Wild. Drink now.” JS
“This wine comes from a five-acre parcel planted on schist. The 50-year-old vines have produced a solid wine, perfumed with red cherries and flavored with rich berry and black-cherry fruit. The tannins are integrating well to give a wine that will be ready from late 2018.” WE
Cellar Price: $16.99/bottle (No additional discounts)
You must be at least 21 years old to attend this FREE tasting. Valid photo ID is required. Selections subject to change based on distributor availability.