James Suckling 95
This has attractive notes of wet chalk with bread dough and a swathe of ripe peaches. Nuances of citrus, too. The palate has great weight and depth with a very assertive, long and seamless drive. Classic Corton power here. Wow! Drink or hold.
Generous but not dominant wood sets off the cool yet ever-so-mildly exotic aromas of lychee, melon, freshly sliced green apple, floral and lemon rind. The larger-scaled flavors are succulent to the point of opulence thanks to the abundance of sappy dry extract that coats the palate on the powerful, stony and serious finale. This is very backward at present and will need at least a decade to reveal its full, and considerable, potential.
Nobody owns more Corton-Charlemagne than Louis Latour, whose ten parcels are spread across 9.95ha in Ladoix and Pernand-Vergelesses. This is a textbook interpretation of the grand cru in a vintage which has produced some impressive wines across the appellation. It's spicy, plush and powerful, with some white pepper notes, vivid acidity and sweet, toasty oak. Drinking Window 2020 - 2025
Wine Advocate 93
The 2017 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru, derived from Latour's enviably extensive domaine holdings, offers up aromas of sweet lemon oil, white flowers, crisp green apple and honeycomb. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, ample and satiny, with a layered, nicely concentrated core and the chewy structuring extract, more akin to a red wine than a white, that one looks for in this appellation. Let's hope it retains these qualities in bottle.
After the ravages of the phylloxera epidemic at the end of the 19th century the Latour family took the then unusual decision to tear up the dead Aligot and Pinot Noir vines and replace them with Chardonnay. This decision leads them to create one of Burgundy's most celebrated white whites.
Today the Latour family owns 10.5 hectares which makes them the biggest owner in the appellation. The Latour's Corton-Charlemagne vineyards are located on a prime section of the Corton hillside where the south-easterly aspect ensures maximum exposure to the sun. The fruit is harvested as late as possible to guarantee maximum ripeness.
Vinification & Ageing
Traditional in oak barrels with complete malolactic fermentation
8 to 10 months ageing in oak barrels, 100 new
Louis Latour cooperage, French oak, medium toasted
Our Corton-Charlemagne 2017 has a beautiful pale yellow color and reveals a complexe nose of fresh almond, hazelnut and smoky hints. The mouth is powerful and persistent with yellow fruit and vanilla perfumes.
Shellfish - lobster - foie gras - fish - mature cheeses
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