Louis Latour Romanee-St-Vivant Les Quatre Journaux Grand Cru 2012

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RP 96
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Tasted blind at the annual "Burgfest" tasting in Beaune. The 2012 Romanée St Vivant les Quatre Journaux Grand Cru from Louis Latour has the classiest nose of three Romanée Saint Vivant encountered, mineral-rich red berry fruit, effortless and surfeit with class. The palate is medium-bodied with fine delineation, wonderful acidity and poise, silky smooth in the mouth with great precision on the lightly spiced finish. This might just well be the best recent vintage of any wine that I have ever tasted from Louis Latour. To say it drew gasps of surprise when its identity is revealed is no exaggeration.
WS 93
Wine Spectator
Rich and succulent, exhibiting sweet cherry and raspberry flavors framed by tobacco and spice accents. Elegant and beautifully balanced, finishing with a long, fruit-filled aftertaste. Best from 2019 through 2032.
WW 93
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
COMMENTARY: One never has to think twice when getting a chance to taste a Romanée-St.-Vivant. As one of Burgundy's most treasured sites, this wine always delivers. The 2012 Louis Latour Les Quatre Journaux is a wine of outstanding merit. TASTING NOTES: This wine exhibits richness and balance. Enjoy its aromas and flavors of intense savory spices and exotic red fruits with wild game and morels. (Tasted: October 21, 2019, San Francisco, CA)
BH 92
Burghound.com
This possesses what is arguably the prettiest nose in the range with its lilting and attractively layered nose of Vosne style spices, red currant, plum and violet scents. There is a velvety texture to the highly sophisticated and delicious middle weight flavors that display fine mid-palate concentration before terminating in a beautifully complex, balanced and dusty finish. This is quite firmly structured and while the descriptor robust is rarely used in conjunction with the typical RSV, this example might very well qualify.
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Louis Latour, France
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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 Chateau 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.

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This is the village for the most die-hard Burgundy fanatics. Vosne-Romanée has for many hundreds of years been the source of the most sought-after Pinot Noir in Burgundy. The village claims six Grands Crus—and some of the most famous at that—but in other villages where owners manage tiny parcels or a few rows of any one vineyard, monopolies dominate the Grands Crus of Vosne-Romanee.

Of these monopolies, Domaine Romanee-Conti (DRC) reigns supreme, claiming not only more total vineyard area than any other producer, but outright owning the entirety of two of the Grands Crus and a majority of two others. In its full possession are naturally Romanée-Conti, as well as La Tâche. DRC also owns most of Richebourg and Romanée-St-Vivant. The final two, La Grande Rue and La Romanée are completely owned by other other produers: François Lamarche and Comte Liger Belair, respectively.

While one could spend a lifetime on the puzzles of land ownership in Burgundy, the point is that Vosne-Romanee contains the most valuable pieces of vineyard real estate in the world. Pinot Noir from any of its vineyards—especially from within its 27ha of Grand Cru or 58 ha of Premier Cru land—is going to rank among the best.

The most outstanding wines from this village have everything: finesse and elegance coupled with the body and sturdiness for incredibly long aging ability. They are intensely floral and exotically spiced. Beautifully ripe, complex and ephemeral throughout, they are robust, yet fine-grained in texture. These wines will stay gorgeous for the long haul.

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Thin-skinned, finicky and temperamental, Pinot Noir is also one of the most rewarding grapes to grow and remains a labor of love for some of the greatest vignerons in Burgundy. Fairly adaptable but highly reflective of the environment in which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate and requires low yields to achieve high quality. Outside of France, outstanding examples come from in Oregon, California and throughout specific locations in wine-producing world. Somm Secret—André Tchelistcheff, California’s most influential post-Prohibition winemaker decidedly stayed away from the grape, claiming “God made Cabernet. The Devil made Pinot Noir.”

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