2004 Louis Latour - Corton-Charlemagne 750ml

France - Burgundy - Cote de Beaune - Corton | Grand Cru/ White / Chardonnay   |     Watch

Collector 89
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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 90
Author: PurpleTeeth
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 10/28/2011
Drink Dates: 2011-2020
One of the great white wines of France, this 100% Chardonnay was full and ripe tasting, but well structured and somewhat dry; in the mouth, the wine showed no shortage of palate-cleansing acidity (which I like), making it a perfect pairing with Alaskan King Crab Legs with drawn butter. To me, this appellation has always had sentimental value, because Pat and I visited the site in 2006 and saw where the grapes were grown. The appellation was named for the Emperor Charlemagne, who once owned this vineyard. As the story goes, he planted white grapes because his wife complained red wine was staining his beard! The 2004 vintage was rather lean and produced relatively acidic wines. This bottle had just entered it drinking window and put in a good performance. I would think it will really hit its stride in 2013, and continue to drink well through 2020 at the latest.

Rating: 88
Author: AJFox
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 04/20/2012
Muted, almost marsanne-like in character. Ready now.

Average rating: 89, based on 2 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

463 bottles owned by 106 collectors.

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About This Producer

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.

Wine Varietal: Chardonnay

Arguably the best dry white wine grape out there, Chardonnay is grown all over the globe. In addition to being the backbone of fine white Burgundies, Chardonnay is also one of the three major grape varieties used in producing Champagne. Susceptible to a myriad of complications, Chardonnay berries are relatively small, thin-skinned, fragile, and oxidize easily. Chardonnay grapes can be sensitive to winemaking techniques and more difficult to handle from harvest to bottling than many other varieties. Some producers will use malolactic fermentation (where harsher malic acid is turned into softer lactic acid and carbon dioxide) to reduce crispness and acidity and add a creamy, buttery texture to wines. The "oaky" character of some Chardonnays comes from fermenting or aging which takes place in oak barrels. Once barrel-aged, Chardonnay may take on notes of vanilla or toast. While Chardonnay is produced worldwide, the best can be found in France, the United States, Argentina, Chile, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, and South Africa. Typical descriptors for Chardonnay include mineral, green apple, citrus, tropical fruits, vanilla, butter and smokiness.

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