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2002 Maison Louis Latour Montrachet Grand Cru


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SKU: 54693-2002-750

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  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

    The star of Louis Latour's 2002 portfolio is the Montrachet. Harvested at 14.2% natural potential alcohol, it bursts from the glass with resin-laced, spicy minerals and anise. Thick, rich, lush, and medium to full-bodied, this is a dense, oily-textured wine. Concentrated layers of creamed minerals are intermingled with flowers, white peaches, and pears in this gorgeously deep offering.
    Author: Pierre Rovani
  • Rating: 93

    Rich, luxuriantly opulent aromas of honeysuckle and discreet wood spice are followed by reserved and backward yet big, intense, powerful and driving flavors that are impressively concentrated and remarkably complex. This is a massively constituted effort that will require time to really unwind and display what it is truly capable of and the very powerful flavors makes a fine contrast to the sheer elegance of the Demoiselles.
    Issue: 3rd Quarter, 2004
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Auction purchase. Cork a touch loose, the cap not spinning, but wine appears fine and stands up for several hours. Pale straw color, glass-coating weight. Substantial in the glass. Hints of vanilla, apricot, nutmeg, and toast, complex and evolving. You can't say creamy/buttery, the mineral character refutes any sign of heavy-handedness. But like another application of clear coat on a Jag, the colors are brilliant, deeper, more resilient. Recommend an hour+ aeration, as the oxygen brings forward more power and dimension. Extremely long finish. More developmental time in the bottle, it's not peaking yet. The last glass is even better than the first
    Drink Dates: 2012-2025
    Author: Miguel L
The family-run company of Maison Louis Latour is one of the most highly-respected negociant-eleveurs in Burgundy. The Latour family founded the "Maison de negoce" in 1797 and it is still based in Beaune today. The company has built a reputation for tradition and innovation and is renowned throughout the world for the quality of its red and white wines.

Burgundy is home to some of the greatest and most expensive wines in the world. Stretching from Auxerre in the north to Lyon in the south, the region's most famous section is the limestone-rich Côte d'Or. Vineyards in Burgundy are classified according to their locations on the hillsides. Only 2% of total production is from grand cru sites, while premier cru and village-level wines are more common. It is rare for one domaine to own an entire vineyard; rather the land has been divided down to individual rows, in some cases as a result of inheritance laws. While other varieties can be found in Burgundy, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay reign supreme. The best examples are capable of aging for 15 years or more, a rarity for these two varieties, making them highly valuable. 

Chardonnay is a versatile variety that can grow in a wide range of climates, and its neutral flavor profile offers a blank canvas for winemakers to impart their style. In cool climates, Chardonnay displays flavors of green fruit and citrus. As the climate becomes more moderate, flavors of white peach and melon develop. In warm and hot climates, aromas of banana, pineapple, and other tropical fruit are common.

The best Old-World Chardonnay comes from Burgundy, where it is uniquely reflective of terroir and can express many different flavor profiles even within this relatively small region. In Chablis, the northernmost part of Burgundy, wines are often unoaked and known for their minerality, high acidity, and aromas of green apple, citrus, wet stone, and slate. In the Côte de Beaune, further south, wines are typically aged in neutral French oak and have flavors of stone fruit, toast, almond, and cream. Burgundian producers pioneered the techniques that are now associated with high-quality Chardonnay around the world, including barrel fermentation, barrel ageing, malolactic fermentation, and maturation on lees. The best wines, from producers like Domaine Leflaive, Bouchard Père & Fils, and Domaine William Fèvre, can age in the bottle for a decade or more, developing complex aromas of nuts and mushroom.

New-World Chardonnay tends to grow in warmer climates than in the Old World, producing wines that are full-bodied, high in alcohol, and low in acidity. Use of American oak imparts flavors of vanilla, clove, hazelnut, butter, and caramel on top of peach and banana fruit. Look to Californian producers in Napa and Sonoma, including Kistler, Peter Michael, and Aubert, for the highest-quality versions of this New-World style.

Chardonnay’s versatility makes it a great option for pairing. High-acid wines from Chablis are the perfect accompaniment to oysters or clams, while oak-forward Napa wines are the best match for buttery lobster. Halibut, cod, and chicken breast are classic pairings with white Burgundy. 

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 200 bottles owned
  • 25 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 25 collectors)