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Louis Latour Chevalier-Montrachet Les Demoiselles Grand Cru 2010

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Chevalier-Montrachet is a Grand Cru from Côte de Beaune. The Montrachet name derives from the terms Mont Rachaz (1252), Mont Rachat (1380) and Montrachat (1473). This evolution explains why the “t” from Montrachet is silent. In ancient French, “la râche” meant bald. Etymologically, Montrachet means “bald mountain” because of its lack of vegetation. In the Middle Ages, the Lord of Puligny gave a plot of land to his eldest son, the Knight (Chevalier), who was crusading, hence the name Chevalier-Montrachet. 

The Chevalier-Montrachet vineyard is located right to the north of the Montrachet one, and is an exception because its brown soils are generally reserved for Pinot Noir. Yet the produce one of the world’s bests Chardonnay. In 1913, the Latour house bought 0.51 hectare of Chevalier-Montrachet. This plot is named “Les Demoiselles”, in honour of Adèle and Julie Voillot, the daughters of a General from Beaunes from the 19th century, owners of the plot and deceased while unmarried.

Size :Bottle 0,75L
Appellation :Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru
Vintage :2010
Grapes :100% Chardonnay
Color :White
Classification :Grand Cru

Latour, a prestigious name in Burgundy since more than two hundred years.

The Louis Latour House was founded in 1797. It has been a family of winegrowers in Aloxe-Corton since the 17th century, who patiently built a vineyard of about fifty hectares, of which 29 hectares classified Grands Crus- Côtes d’Or. A unique estate.

The 29 Grands Crus hectares of the Louis Latour House spread on the Côte de Beaune through to the Côte de Nuits. The House also owns Château Corton Grancey and cellars dating back to 1834, set in the Corton “Pierrières” stone, thus allowing an optimum maturation and ageing process.

The House is currently managed by Louis-Fabrice Latour, a seventh generation.

The majority of the vine from the Louis Latour House are located in Aloxe-Coron, crate of the family. In this village, Louis Latour owns 10.5 hectares of Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru, one of Burgundy’s most renown white wines, but also several hectares of red wine : Corton « Clos de la Vigne au Saint », Corton « Bressandes », Corton « Chaumes », Corton « Pougets », Corton « Perrières », Corton « Clos du Roi » et Corton « Grèves ». Louis Latour also owns Chambertin Grand Cru properties, Romanée-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru « Les Quatre Journaux » and Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru “Les Demoiselles”.

Harvesting is usually carried out in mid-September. The key consideration when deciding the time of harvest time is the ripeness and condition of the grapes. All of the red grapes are picked manually and harvested as late as possible.

The red wines of Domaine Louis Latour are still vinified and aged at the historical Winery Corton Grancey. Maison Louis Latour respects Burgundian traditions for the vinification of its red wines from the harvest to the final product. Only the finest grapes are selected and placed into traditional French oak vats for a short period of fermentation. Once fermentation is complete, the wine is drained from the vats. This is called free-run wine. All grape skins and pips are then removed manually and pressed gently by top of the range pneumatic pressing machines. The press wine is blended with the free-run wine and spends approximately 12 months in barrel. It undergoes three rackings to clear it of any deposit that may have collected. After bottling, the wine is allowed to settle for a further few months before distribution.

White wine vinification differs from the reds in that the grapes from the harvest go directly into the press. The pressed grape juice, called must, then undergoes a rapid fermentation. The wine is transferred into French oak barrels where it continues to age for a period of approximately 12 months. The wine undergoes rackings before the final blending, which consists of selecting only the clearest wine, with a simple decantation process, leaving the heaviest lees at the bottle of the oak tanks before final blending.

Louis Latour’s red Burgundies, like every Burgundy wines are meant to be kept, especially grands Crus, for 15 to 30 years for the most remarkable vintages. Their silk and smoothness, their length, the complex and various underwood aromas that are often expressed, are signs of wines that will perfectly fit with red meats or in sauce, including burgundy snails. However, whites will fit well with shellfishes, oysters and some cheeses like époisse or brie.

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