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Friday, 15 August 2014

Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2001

A mature Louis Latour white Burgundy

A colleague who "doesn't like wine" won a bottle of 2001 Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Crand Cru in a raffle and having no interest in it at all, gave it to me.

As I was opening a couple of other bottles one evening after work, I decided to throw this into the mix, curious to see what reaction it would get from a group of self-confessed novices.

Overall, they liked it and weren't put off by its old school style or lack of fruit - especially given that we put it up against three young, modern-style wines.

Deep golden colour, the nose is oaky and oxidative with a sherry-esque tang; the fruit is mostly faded now and the aromas are more of roasted almonds and old leather.

The palate is still focused, with fresh, ripe citrus and orchard fruit, the weightiness of the oak and minerality.

Slightly past its peak, but with an intriguing sense of presence - a wine to respect, admire and appreciate.

Match with white meat, such as a ham or rabbit terrine.

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