Louis Latour 2009 Vintage Tasting (20101130)

Louis Latour, based in Cote de Beaune, is one of the largest Negociant & wine grower in Burgundy. It produce approximately 8million bottle annually. One can always find their wines on the shelf in the Supermarket and thus, Louis Latour often associated as Supermarket Wine. This is not exactly right. Yes, Louis Latour does produced daily drinking wine that we can easily seen in Supermarket, but they do craft an impressive range of fine and top quality wine!

They own the largest Grand Cru vineyard in the Cote ‘Or with a total 28.63 hectares which extend from Chambertin Grand Cru in the north to Chevalier Montrachet inn the south, which is, impressive! I have the chance to join this 2009 Vintage tasting of Louis Latour to have a first glance of Burgundy 2009 Vintage of some of their 1er Cru & Grand Cru white.

Below within the * line is what they stated in the introduction brochure:

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Maison Louis Latour 2009 Vintage

Maison Louis Latour 2009 Vintage is set to a high quality promising vintage: fruity, concentrated, balanced and powerful. This is the result of a combination of ideal climatic conditions and controlled volumes which leads to produce excellent red and white wines. It was characterized by near perfect growing and harvest conditions and an abundance of perfect grapes.

Te harvest started on September 9th and finished on September 19th, under exceptional weather conditions which saw no rain for twelve consecutive days. At such condition, virtually no sorting was required for the grapes.

About 2009 Vintage Red Wines

2009 Vintage red wines have excellent fruits and concentration showing good typicidy for their appellation. Maison Louis Latour controlled yields which maintained definition and ensured the wines reached their full potential. It was some of the best reds Maison Louis Latour have produced in recent years.

About 2009 Vintage White Wines

2009 Vintage white wines are very successful and characterized by concentrated flavors and lively freshness. In some appellations wines, it developed slightly more opulent fruits characteristics than in an average year. Maison Louis Latour monitors their vineyards and fermentation process closely to ensure harvest and fermentation took place precisely.

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After tasted the range of 2009 from Louis Latous, I agreed that they produced a range of good to very good wines. The wines have very good concentration of ripe fruits and sugar, what they trying hard is to maintain the acidity to give a firm support to the flesh so that the wines remain focus and fresh, without being flabby. Also, due to the concentration of fruis, they have more choices to apply higher percentage of new oak as no problem for the fruits to fully absorb the oak.

While the red wines are very promising, I do slightly fond to their white wines as the quality is really good.

TNs:

2009 Louis Latour Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières (France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault 1er Cru)

  • Alcohol :: 13.5%
    A very good Meursault that offer power with vibrancy. Surprisingly expressive on the nose with tons of ripe yellow fruits, green apple and citrus notes intermixed with mineral, spices and fresh herb that supported by oak and underlying ripe, fresh acidity. The fine, intense palate is good rich in ripe yellow fruits – especially pineapple with honey and creamy vanilla notes that leads to detail, power, long oaky finish that is also very clean with good grip. This already show good integration.

2009 Louis Latour Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Folatières (France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru)

  • Alcohol :: 13.5%
    A touch of herbs on the fine, focus nose that offer green apple and perfume florals all framed firmly by huge background of chalky mineral and spices that is still quite sharp at the moment. Fresh palate that offer good sense of elegance and Puligny roundness and buttery, creamy texture that is detail and precise with good balance of the ripe acid backbone and yellow fruits that dominant the flavor spectrum along with hint of white fruits with good grip that give the finish a firm attack with cold mineral aftertaste. This already show quite a good depth, complexity and purity that is quite attractive.

2009 Louis Latour Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Caillerets (France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru)

  • Alcohol :: 13.5%
    This is much more reserve on the nose that is reluctant to show the aromatic profile as well as the palate. Perfume floral too, more linear and discreet with cold fruits – lime, guava and cold mineral. The intensely palate is round with smooth, silky mouth feel that offer more cold, white fruits and cold herb, mineral that is slightly toward metallic with good ripe acidity flow on to the good, decent finish with hint of vanilla. This is more a mineral driven, least integrated wine compare to the more fruity, good integration and showy Puligny Folatieres.

2009 Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne (France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru)

  • Alcohol :: 14%
    Clearly a step up and deliver its Grand Cru quality and easily the best wine in th flight. This too is tight, but it is relatively deeper, power and very broad aromatic profile with its honey lemon, melon, green apple, perfume floral laced on sea shell intermixed with cold herb that is supported by the huge chalky mineral and heavy oak background that need plenty, plenty of times to integrate. The fresh, round palate offer plenty of complexity, mouth coating intensity with layer and layer of lemon butter, spices and vanilla that linger on the long, powerful but precise finish. Oak is very much present at the moment. This has a bright future.

2009 Louis Latour Beaune 1er Cru Vignes Franches (France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Beaune 1er Cru)

  • Alcohol :: 13.5%
    Slight alcoholic, with soft small red fruits like strawberry and raspberry, spiciness and some chalky mineral. Smooth, soft texture with touch of spices and slight austere profile that accompany by good concentration of grippy red fruits that balance with soft, fine silky tannin and acidity wed to med length, persistent finish with mineral undertone. Though young, but already quite approachable. This should drink well in another 3-5yrs after release.

2009 Louis Latour Volnay 1er Cru En Chevret (France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Volnay 1er Cru)

  • Alcohol :: 13.5%
    Restraint on the nose that display damp earth, forest floor with red fruits, quite perfume floral that is focus and precise. Very Volnay. Silky entry with good concentration of sweet, fresh red fruits balance by the refreshing, ripe acidity and lots of dry extract that offer palate staining intensity, med-high level of fine tannin and considerably big structure for a Volnay yet this is remain light and focus with med length finish. Very good effort and this need time.

2009 Louis Latour Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Damodes (France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru)

  • Alcohol :: 13.5%
    Salted, savory on the nose with perfume floral and dark Pinot fruits that framed by wood and earth. This clearly not showing much at the moment and as I would expect from a NSG. Structure and powerful! Was the first entry impression. The biggest in structure with tons of dry extract that is mouth and palate staining and support firmly by the lively, ripe acidity and fresh fruits with creamy mouth feel, long chewy finish. Very good concentration of fruits, but the structure is so big that is dominating which is made this a tightest, tannic wine.

2009 Louis Latour Corton-Grancey (France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton Grand Cru)

  • Alcohol :: 14%
    Deep, reserve nose display almond and dark fruits with savory, wild factor with hint of perfume floral. Wow! The super intense, rich palate show tons of lush red and dark cherry fruits that is fresh and vibrant with creamy vanilla, roasted herb, wild animal factor. This too has the palate staining intensity and concentration. But the integration is amazing. The dry extract, silky tannin and acid spine blend so well with the heavy oak that nicely buried the oak influence underneath, resulted in a expressive, polished texture that is quite approachable already with spicy earthy finish.
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