Louis Latour - Beaune 1er Cru - Vignes Franches

Louis Latour - Beaune 1er Cru - Vignes Franches 2016

Red Wine

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Item# LA09-16

Product Ratings

James Suckling 94pt

Description

Historically the owners of this area did not have to pay tax on the land, hence the name 'Vignes Franches' ('free vines'). The Beaune Premier Cru "Vignes Franches" parcel, important part of Domaine Louis Latour, is found mid-slope. The clay soils are scattered with small pebbles which allows for easy drainage of water. Here we find the same opulence as in neighbouring Pommard as well as an extremely pleasant fruit-forwardness even when young. It is one of the best Premier Cru vineyards of Beaune, producing a wine that is capable of ageing to perfection for a considerable period of time.

Food pairing

Beef "Bourguignon" - duck breast - woodcock - Camembert - soft cheeses

Harvest

Average vine age 35 years
Soil Clay and limestone
Average yield 40 hl/ha
Harvest Hand picked

Vinification

Fermentation Traditional in open vats
Ageing 10 to 12 months ageing in oak barrels, 25% new
Barrels Louis Latour cooperage, French oak, medium toasted