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The Bourgogne 2023 vintage: Surpassing all expectations! 

It's been some time since Bourgogne enjoyed two consecutive years with above-average volumes. 2023, coming hot on the heels of 2022, has put a smile on the faces of winegrowers and wine merchants: the cellars are (almost) full again, and the quality is there every time.
That's the other great thing about this vintage - despite unstable weather conditions over the summer, the end result is stunning. The Chardonnay, Aligoté and Sauvignon grapes reached full maturity in perfect condition, while retaining enough freshness to live up to the reputation of Bourgogne white wines. And Pinot Noir proved, once again, that it is king of the grape varieties. After a rigorous sorting process, facilitated by high yields, some very fine juices were extracted, with a great variety of aromas.

The result is expressive, fruity wines with beautiful aromatic profiles, for both white and red. There's something for all tastes, as this vintage offers a range of profiles linked to the choice of harvest dates. We look forward to exploring the 2023 vintage!


White wines
Everyone in Bourgogne is unanimous: it's "a great year for white wine!"
The ripe, healthy, well-balanced grapes have produced wines that stand out for their richness and wonderful opulence, without excess.
The wines are aromatic, evoking gorgeous ripe white fruits such as pear and peach. Despite the very hot weather at the start of the harvest, beautiful balances have been maintained.

Red wines
The red wines are expressive and open up quickly. They have delicious flavours, in some cases reminiscent of fresh red fruits, such as raspberries, or with aromas of dark fruits, such as blackberries, and even spices for some wine profiles.
On the palate, they have a lovely density, with a silky tannic structure. During vinification, conditions were just right for good colour extraction. The deep, intense colours of the wine are superb.

Crémant de Bourgogne
The basic wines are fruity, balanced and elegant. The Chardonnay has an aromatic profile featuring citrus and floral notes, or even exotic fruit. The Pinot Noir hints at red berries such as raspberry and cherry. The Aligoté maintains its vivacity with lemony notes. Finally, the expressive Gamay has flavours reminiscent of strawberry.




BURGUNDY LEGEND LOUIS LATOUR DIES / Burgundy legend Louis Latour, who ran his family company, Maison Louis Latour, for 40 years from 1958 to 1998, died of heart failure yesterday aged 83.

“He had a good life. He was one of the grands Monsieurs of Burgundy. He has done great things for Maison Latour. We are what we are today because of him,” his son Louis-Fabrice, president of Maison Louis Latour, told Wine Spectator.

Born in 1932, Latour took over the running of his family business, which was founded in 1797, after graduating from the Paris Institute of Political Studies.

The 10th generation of the family to run the company, he took over the firm at a tough time as it had suffered the effects of two world wars and the Great Depression.


Undeterred, he set about growing the company and went on to expand Maison Louis Latour’s négociant business. Staying true to his vision, Latour moved into Ardèche in 1979, working with local growers to make Chardonnay.

Five years later he planted Pinot Noir in the foothills of the Haut Var to make Louis Latour Domaine de Valmoissine Pinot.

In 1986 Latour oversaw the building of a new winery and at the same time founded a company in the US that looked after the importation of his wines to America, which is now the company’s largest export market.

Louis Latour wines are sold in 125 countries, with around 500,000 cases made each year. 



The family-run company of Maison Louis Latour is one of the most highly-respected négociant-éléveurs in Burgundy. Renowned throughout the world for the quality of its red and white wines, the company has built a reputation for tradition and innovation. Regarded as one of the traditional négociant-éléveurs, 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. The Latour family themselves have been viticulteurs since the 17th century, slowly building up a unique Domaine of 50 hectares (125 acres). This Domaine has the largest Grand Cru property in the Cote d'Or with a total of 28,63 hectares (71,58 acres) .



The vineyards extend from Chambertin in the north to Chevalier-Montrachet in the south and are solely planted with the two noble grape varieties ; Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. All of the grapes from the vineyards we own 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 rail-way 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.



Back in the 19th Century barrels were not only used as they are today, to age and ferment wine, but they were also the only way in which to ship wine. Bottles were usually too fragile and their weight increased transportation costs excessively.

Barrel making has been a time honoured tradition at Maison Louis Latour for more than half a century. It continues today with over 2000 barrels being made each year, half of which are exported to other wineries worldwide. The oak orginates from the Alliers and Vosges forrests of Northern France and ages outside for 30 months before being used to make a barrel. Barrels are made by craftsmen with staves being placed together and carefully shaped, by hand, info a barrel form before being toasted over an open fire. Chesnut hoops are traditionally placed around the barrel to protect it.


Inside information

Since 1985 Louis Latour has been selling the wines of its own vineyards under the name Domaine Louis Latour. The Latour family founded the 'Maison de négoce', an important shipping company, in 1797 and is still based at 18 Rue des Tonneliers in Beaune. The company is unique in Burgundy in that it is still to this day family owned and family run, having passed down from father to son for over ten generations. In 1997 to celebrate our Bicentenary, we published a commemorative book and were admitted into the exclusive club of the Hénokiens. This club only admits companies that are leaders in their respective fields, remain family owned, have a history of 200 years' experience and still bares the name of the founder. There are only approximately 30 of these companies in the world. To this day Maison Louis Latour ships its wines to over 60 different countries worldwide and will be found on some of the most famous dining tables around the globe.


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14d 19h ago

 Allen Meadows/BWW2024 Finalist, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  8 wines  from  Maison Louis Latour . In a tasting of  11 wines 

Louis Latour Montrachet 2020 / Moderate reduction and wood render the nose. More intriguing are the dense, serious and palate staining larger-bodied flavors that deliver excellent length on the powerful and muscular if noticeably warm finish where the wood treatment resurfaces. This is quite backward and tightly wound and a wine that will like need all of 10 to 12 years to reveal its full potential. 2030+ 92-94

14d 19h ago

 James Suckling / BWW2024 Finalist, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Maison Louis Latour . In a tasting of  23 wines 

Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva 2019/ The quality of the tannins is so impressive in this wine, even though it’s a tannic year. Medium to full body. Lovely complexity and length. Barrel sample. Bottled next year and released in 2025. 99-100p

3m 11d ago

 Christer Byklum/ BWW2024 Finalist, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Maison Louis Latour . In a tasting of  22 wines 

1978 Raveneau Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos: Towards golden colour. Nuts, smoky minerals, almonds, some apples, orange marmalade touch. Fresh acidity, leaner style, elegant, lively, refreshing, elegant minerality, apple core and a slight bitter touch, lemons and lime and lemon zest. Very nuanced and layered. It may be in a bit of a decline, but still gorgeours. Long. 95

8m 19d ago

 Clive Coates / MW, Wine Writer (France)  tasted  1 wines  from  Maison Louis Latour . In a tasting of  10 wines 

Chambolle-Musigny, Les Amoureuses, 1999 Comte Georges de Vogué / Given that the Domaine de Vogué owns over 7 hectares of the 10.65 extent of Le Musigny and 56 ares of the 5 hectares Les Amoureuses, not to mention 2.7 hextares of Bonnes Mares, we are among one of the greatest domaines in the Côtes d'Or. Since the mid-1980s this estate has hardly put a foot wrong. Here in 1999 we are  at the very highest Burgundy can achieve.

This is a very lovely wine. Full, rich, powerful, yet with the usual Chambolle delicacy and spectacular concentration of fruit. It apears to be only just ready, but seemingly there is a lifetime ahead of it. Brilliant!

1y 3m ago

 Pekka Nuikki / Editor of the Fine Wine Magazines and Champagne Magazine, Wine Writer (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Maison Louis Latour . In a tasting of  30 wines 

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3y 4m ago

 Allen Meadows/BWW2024 Finalist, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Maison Louis Latour . In a tasting of  23 wines 

Domaine Ramonet Montrachet 2012 / This already is dazzlingly complex yet the density of the nose is such that it?s seems all but guaranteed that much, much more is on the way. Interestingly the nose is not dissimilar from that of the Champs Canet though it?s much less petrol-inflected and with a bit more spice elements in play. There is superb concentration to the elegant, pure and equally complex flavors that deliver simply unbelievable length but do so effortlessly, in fact so much so that it?s genuinely mind-boggling that so much flavor authority can be delivered without almost any weight or heaviness. I was quite honestly stunned when I tasted this and I?m no stranger to young Montrachet but this is as potentially good as I have seen from the Ramonet brothers in a long time and I do not say that lightly; in fact you have to go back to the 1992 to find a young Ramonet Montrachet quite this promising. I should note that while this is certainly more than simply impressive today my score, as always, takes into account the quality that I believe this wine will ultimately deliver with 12 to 15 years of age under its belt. If you can find it, don?t miss it! 99/2024+

4y 9d ago

 Janet Bernard, Wine Merchant (France)  tasted  12 wines  from  Maison Louis Latour . In a tasting of  16 wines 

Louis Latour's 2010 Montrachet Grand Cru displays a pale yellow hue. Complex, ethereal nose with really refreshing mint. The swirls bring out pleasant subtle hints of vanilla followed by greengage plum. The palate offers surprising exotic red fruits, lovely freshness, and long tanginess. Classic powerful Burgundy with gorgeous length and character. A wine to keep for several years. 96 points

4y 11m ago

 David Francis, Sommelier (United States)  tasted  5 wines  from  Maison Louis Latour . In a tasting of  8 wines 

The 2005 Romanee St.-Vivant offers a bright and energetic personality, with meaty, musky, smoky and faintly fungal aromas, ample black fruit and beef marrow on the palate, and a tightly-stitched structure. I suspect this needs to recover from its very recent bottling, but even so the finish is satisfyingly long.

5y 4m ago

 Gerald Lu, Sommelier (Singapore)  tasted  1 wines  from  Maison Louis Latour . In a tasting of  13 wines 

Coche Dury Corton-Charlemagne 2012 / The nose gives off a fine bouquet - typical of the appellation - of brioche, spices and white fruit fragrances on a slightly vanilla-flavoured base. On the palate, it offers intense freshness and richness that underline the perfect balance of this strong wine.

5y 5m ago

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