2009 Louis Latour Chardonnay, Mâcon-Villages, France
Maison Louis Latour, in keeping with its traditional preoccupation with quality, purchases grapes from competent growers with holdings in the most esteemed vineyards in the Mâcon-Villages zone. The wine is bottled during the following spring at the Clos Chameroy in the outskirts of Beaune. This Chardonnay represents the epitome of classical white Burgundy reflecting the fusion between the noble Chardonnay grape and the calciferous terrain of the area. It possesses a fresh, creamy bouquet which prepares the palate for the suave, billowing aftertaste.
This wine has delicious aromas of flowers and almonds, it is very rounded in the mouth.
Food Pairing: Shellfish, fish, charcuterie, Comte cheese
Appellation: Mâcon-Villages, France
Average Vine Age: 30 years
Soil: Clay and limestone
Fermentation: Traditional in stainless steel vats, temperature controlled with complete malolactic fermentation
Aging: 8 to 10 months ageing in stainless steel vats
2011 Henry Fessy (Latour) Fleurie “Chateau des Labourons” Beaujolais Cru
This Fleurie reveals a very pleasant nose of red fruits as well as floral notes. In the mouth, the red fruit gives the wine a certain richness. It has a surprising sweetness and its tannins are fine and elegant.
Lying on homogeneous soils of granite containing large crystals, Fleurie is often regarded as the “Queen of Beaujolais”. The wines are characterized by abounding finesse and elegance with floral aromas of irises and violets.
The vineyard is a spectacular site at the top of the Fleurie appellation. The vines are more than 50 years old. The wine ages in neutral oak for 10 months.
With age Cru Beaujolais loses the “tutti-frutti” and bubble gum qualities of youthful gamay and develops more like a fine Pinot Noir in Burgundy. Unlike Beaujolais Nouveau which is produced via carbonic maceration, Fessy Cru Beaujolais is made in the traditional method, just like a cru Burgundy. With age, this wine shows layers of depth and nuance. The dark, ripe currants and black cherry lead the way with aromas of plum, tobacco, and walnut. This wine is a steal of a deal. If you love aged Pinot Noir, you’ll love this wine too.
Suggested food pairings
Roasted chicken, grilled meats and cheese.
Varietal: 100% Gamay
Appellation: Fleurie - Cru du Beaujolais
Estate vines: 5 ha
Average Vine Age: 50 years
Soil composition: Granite with crystals
Density of Vines: 9000 vines/ha
Average yield: 40-50 hl/ha
Serving temperature: 14-15°C
2x 2009 Louis Latour Chardonnay, Mâcon-Villages, France
2x 2011 Henry Fessy (Latour) Fleurie “Chateau des Labourons” Beaujolais Cru
6x 2009 Louis Latour Chardonnay, Mâcon-Villages, France
6x 2011 Henry Fessy (Latour) Fleurie “Chateau des Labourons” Beaujolais Cru
Louis Latour’s exceptional domaine covers 50 hectares and includes the largest collection of Grand Cru vineyards in Burgundy. A négociant-éleveur with soul, the house is still independent and managed by the founding family, headed up by Louis-Fabrice Latour who is the seventh Louis and the 11th generation of the Latour family to lead the company.
From the heart of their domaine on the Corton hillside, Maison Louis Latour have witnessed more than two centuries of Burgundian history.
Founded in 1797 Maison Louis Latour has survived the ages and has become a natural custodian of Burgundy’s ancient traditions. Authentic and determinedly independent, the House has always made it a point of honour to remain family owned. It is now run by the seventh Louis Latour who represents the 11th generation of the founding family, who like each generation before him, has worked hard to preserve the company’s unique heritage whilst ensuring the future with an ambitious and visionary spirit.
The Latour family Domaine has been built up over the years with patience and determination, and today, covers 50 hectares of exceptional vineyard which are recognized each vintage for the quality of their wines.
Our Domaine wines, like those from the négociant side of our business, are profoundly influenced by their origin. They are vinified and aged with care in the traditional style of the House, with elegance and finesse. Louis Latour’s famous logo is our sign of quality and is placed on the many of bottles that are shipped around the world each year. We strive for perfection in everything we do to in order to meet the demands and expectations of our customers.
In 1997 Maison Louis Latour celebrated its bicentennial and was admitted to the Henokiens Club, a select circle of companies who have remained in founding family ownership for at least 200 years and still bear the name of their founder.
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We had 4 bottles of a different 2009 Macon Villages and enjoyed them, with the last 2 years ago. Still fresh, so I wouldn’t hesitate on the whites at least! Can’t comment on the gamay. Interested if there were rats!
@chipgreen I ratted this last summer and you said bravo to my report
But yes, real Beaujolais (i.e. wines from the 10 Crus) can age. Not that nouveau crap. If you make it up there ever, they grow some good Gamay in Niagara, too.
I got a case of the last offering the 2009 Louis Latour Chardonnay, Mâcon-Villages, France. I drank one bottle upon arrival and enjoyed it. Put the rest away for this summer. The Chard would be a buy for me, if I hadn’t done that. Not sure about the Beaujolais, typically not my jam.
I had picked up a case of each of these last year and found them both delicious, a fantastic deal at this price. I’m getting low on each, so this comes along at a perfect time.
@salpo Same! Of the case of Chardonnay I bought during the last offering only 1 bottle exists…and as far as the case of Beaujolais…long gone! I was especially impressed with the Beaujolais as I prefer bolder, tannic reds and generally steer clear of the stuff…but the Cru changes everything and it is aging terrifically well. Such a treat!
How has this not sold out yet? It’s not only a great bargain on both wines, but everyone knows that. @WineDavid49 must have a lot of this.
I got both of these when previously offered. When I saw this this morning, I texted a couple casematers who also have tried these wines, to tell them about it as it might sell out quick. Their responses were:
“Thanks for the heads up!” (purchased)
“yessir I am getting a case”
And I’ve got my case ordered. So three of us who normally share orders instead each got our own case.
I want to encourage @WineDavid49 to do more deals like this in the future. So, folks, let’s empower him to do deals like this by making this sell out.
BTW, if you don’t think you like Chardonnay, but haven’t tried a quality (but affordable) Burgundy like this, especially with some age on it, you want to give this a try. My wife and I didn’t think we liked Chardonnay too much, after the two casemates deals, we sure like white Burgundy.
As for Cru Beaujolais, you need to give it a try. You’ll like it at least a little, and maybe a lot. And if you don’t some of your guests and friends will, guaranteed. Gamay is the only red wine that works, for some foods. Handy to have in your arsenal. (And this stuff isn’t going bad soon)
Curious on feedback from those that ‘mated this offer, taking notes between myself and another and may have gotten some off bottles, both in a 6pk and case. Anyone else finding the same? I had one that didn’t seem like it was tasting right (white), and unlike the LL level of drink I would have expected. Just interested to know if others have had a similar experience or I’m just getting some outlier quirks?
@bunnymasseuse I’ve opened one bottle of the red so far, and while I didn’t find that it tasted off, it wasn’t good. It felt flat, with no depth, and no better than any $5 bottle I could have picked up at a store. I will see if any of the others go the same route but I wasn’t particularly impressed.
@deadlyapp thanks for the honesty, I have had others from LL, like the “library white”? And found it terrific, but this just either tasted like a cooked bottle ( which it had no distinct signs of) or it met an early in bottle demise. I could not bring myself to open more and be disappointed, so I exchanged them with someone else hoping the rest of the 6 are better and my trade recipient gets a better deal in the process.
@bunnymasseuse@rjquillin The first two whites I had were very good. The third, however, went down the drain. Only had one red so far, and we finished the bottle. I my guess is that someone unloaded some deteriorating stock. Coupled with Bunny’s going 0/1, it’s starting to look like about a 50% subpar yield.