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Wednesday, 23 December 2020

Red and White Burgundy from Louis Latour

A red and white Burgundy from Louis Latour via Waitrose

The wines of Burgundy have a versatile, food-friendly elegance; they are very much wines for the dinner table and match especially well with traditional classics, such as Christmas roasts and Boxing Day cold cuts.

At its simplest, Burgundy is Chardonnay for whites and Pinot Noir for reds, with the wines being an expression of their terroir - the greater the terroir, the better the wine.

Domaine Louis Latour began as vinegrowers in Aloxe-Corton in 1768; they established today's business, Maison Louis Latour, in 1797 and formed a vast domaine, extending from Chambertin to Chevalier-Montrachet with 48 hectares, 28 of which are in grands crus.

There are two sides to Louis Latour's wines:

- Domaine Louis Latour makes wines from the company's own holdings in Burgundy.

- Maison Louis Latour is the negociant business, including Burgundian-style wines from outside the region. 

To symbolise consistency across the two sides of the business, all the wines are packaged in the same distinctive, heavy but elegant bottles

Two centuries after creation, it remains a family-run company, overseen by 11th generation Louis-Fabrice Latour, producing around 150 different wines with a production of 8.5 million bottles, 

Over the last thirty years, the company has also spread in the Ardèche, in the Var and in the Pierres Dorées region, also producing Chardonnay (reviewed here) and Pinot Noir (reviewed here).

Louis Latour have a great tradition for crafting classic, elegant wines and these two are currently on offer at Waitrose.

Louis Latour White Burgundy 2018 - £14.99 down to £11.99 from 2nd December 2020 floral and spicy with ripe orchard fruits; full and supple with fresh ripe citrus fruit, a smooth texture and leesy-mineral complexity. Classic, elegant and well-balanced.

Good.

Match with seafood, fish, poultry, white meats and creamy cheeses.

Louis Latour Red Burgundy 2018 - £15.99 down to £11.99 from 2nd December, 2020 fresh redcurrant and wild strawberry fruits with raspberry leaf, mushrooms and spice. Harmonious, elegant and well-balanced.

Thoroughly enjoyable.

Match with game, salmon or turkey,

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