Louis Latour Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru is, quite rightly, considered by Louis Latour to be one of their flagship white wines.
The fifth Louis Latour (1874-1941) was instrumental in Latour’s success in Corton. In 1891 Latour acquired and 33 hectares of vines in Aloxe Corton, including 15 hectares of Corton Grand Cru. The vineyards had been devastated by Phylloxera. Latour soon decided to replace these, and the Aligote and Gamay vines on the hillside surrounding the winery, with Chardonnay and thus Corton Charlemagne was created. Today Louis Latour are the largest land owners of Corton “Charlemagne with some 11 hectares of vineyard out of a total of 60 hectares of this appellation. The signature of the 5th Louis Latour can be found on all of their Grand Cru wines. Read more about Louis Latour here.
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. Louis Latour Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru is barrel fermented and then aged for a further 8 to 10 months in new oak barrels. These are made at Louis Latour’s own cooperage and are French oak, medium toasted.