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Date Printed: 9/18/2014
Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2005
Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2005
(search item no. 91634)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 9/18/2014: $125.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Burghound.com rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2010 Burghound.com rating: 94 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 97 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2009 Burghound.com rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2008 Burghound.com rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 Burghound.com rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2006 Burghound.com rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A masterpiece in complexity and overall a powerful wine. Notes of roasted almonds with smoky undertones, in addition one finds a slight hint of black powder, and of tartness, proof of its excellent acidity/fruit balance. This wine exhibits buttery aromas, vanilla-like ones that are enhanced with ripe yellow flesh fruit ones; mango. A wine in full evolution, to be enjoyed for many years to come.

After the ravages of the phylloxera aphid at the end of the 19th century it was the Latour family that took the now-celebrated decision to tear up the dead Aligoté and Pinot Noir vines and to replace them with Chardonnay. The vineyard of Corton-Charlemagne is situated in the prime area of the hillside of Corton where its southeasterly aspect ensures maximum exposure to the sun. The fruit is harvested as late as possible to guarantee maximum ripeness. This Grand Cru wine has a citrus bouquet with a rich tropical fruit character. It is intensely powerful and fills the mouth with a multiplicity of flavours ending in a fine, steely finish which lingers on the palate for minutes. This wine needs 4 to 5 years to open up and can age for up to 20 years.

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About Louis Latour:

Maison Louis Latour is one of the most highly-respected négociant-éléveurs in Burgundy. Maison Louis Latour is the producer of some of the finest Burgundian wines but has also pioneered the production of fine wines from outside of the confines of Burgundy. These wines from the Ardèche and the Côteaux de Verdon are slowly gaining esteem for their unmatchable quality outside of Burgundy.

All of the grapes from the vineyards owned by the Latour family are vinified and aged in the attractive cuverie of Château Corton Grancey in Aloxe-Corton. The winery was the first purpose-built cuverie in France and remains the oldest still-functioning. A unique railway system with elevators allows the entire wine-making process to be achieved by the use of gravity. This eliminates the threat of oxidation from unnecessary pumping of the must. Since 1985, Louis Latour has been selling the wines of its own vineyards under the name Domaine Louis Latour.

Louis Latour has been a leader in the environmentally responsible winemaking for over 15 years. Louis Latour has had ISO 14001 accreditation for Environmental Management Systems since 2003 and has been a member of the European association FARRE since 1998- a group of like-minded companies who seek to develop and promote sustainable methods of agriculture.