2016 Louis Latour Pinot Noir “Les Pierres Dorées”, Bourgogne, France
Bright and intense with a red-garnet color; on the nose, a gourmet blend of flowers, red berries, and soft spices. On the palate, it is round and ample. The Pinot Noir from the Pierres Dorées terroir offers a wine with a great freshness, underlined by concentrated black fruit aromas with a superb length.
Maison Louis Latour once again exports its Burgundian know-how outside of the Côte d’Or. After the great successes of Ardèche and Var, we have decided to repeat the experience since 2010 by planting Pinot Noir in Southern Burgundy, in the heart of Beaujolais. This project extends over more than 20 hectares today. The calcareous soil rich in iron oxide and the altitude contribute to produce this surprising wine which is a rich earthy color and presents a freshness with a beautiful aromatic complexity.
This region offers beautiful argilo-calcareous soils; the plots selected by Maison Louis Latour form two islands and are situated on the villages of Morancé and Theizé. With a moderate climate, the vineyards benefit from an ideal period of sunshine and altitude.
Food Pairing: Grilled meat; mature cheeses
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Appellation: Bourgogne, France
Aging: 10 to 12 months aging in stainless steel vats and oak barrels
Cellaring potential: 5-7 years
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From the heart of their Domaine on the Corton hillside, Maison Louis Latour has 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 honor 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 while 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 vineyards which are recognized each vintage for the quality of their wines. Louis Latour’s famous logo is a sign of quality and is placed on the many bottles that are shipped around the world each year. In 1997 Maison Louis Latour celebrated its bicentennial and was admitted to the Henokiens Club, a select circle of companies that have remained in founding family ownership for at least 200 years and still bear the name of their founder.
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A little Saturday morning useless info. From the producer:
Region: Beaujolais, Village: Les Pierres Dorées, Appellation: Coteaux Bourguignons
Average vine age 7 years, Soil: Clay and limestone with Iron-oxide, Average yield 48 hl/ha, Harvest: Mechanical
Barrels: Louis Latour cooperage, French oak,
Also mentioned is 89 points from Suckling in Feb '18, 3 stars from Harper’s Wine Stars (??) in Nov '18.
What did Wilfred Wong say you ask? Well, he said:
“91 Points. As the prices of Burgundy climb higher and higher, wine consumers have struggled to uncover deals. The 2016 Louis Latour Pinot Noir Les Pierres Dorées is an extraordinary value. This wine is an everyday drinking Burgundy. Its amicable aromas and flavors of perky red fruits should pair it nicely with a roasted chicken salad. (Tasted: July 2, 2019, San Rafael, CA)”
87 Points, Release Price: $25
Region: France / Burgundy / Côteaux Bourguignons
Issue: Web Only - 2018
Tasting Note: A bright, crisp red, with an earthy undertone to the pure currant, wild strawberry and dried herb flavors. Offers a zesty, mineral-tinged finish, with light tannins. Drink now through 2020. 1,600 cases made, 800 cases imported. — GS
@ttboy23 I’m not a point guy when it comes to reviews (although one might think otherwise) but in my humble the “Drink by” estimates are probably the most unreliable part of reviews. I have zero insight about this wine but my gut tells me it’s probably doing just fine and would make for a reliable glass of a lighter everyday pinot. Not an endorsement, because I truly have no idea. I am thinking of picking this up although generally the Louis Latour deals don’t interest me…
@kaolis@ttboy23 I’d agree that I would NOT worry too much about a “drink until” now (like the date on something like a sealed jar of Himalayan salt – it’s been there for thousands of years and a few more years in a jar won’t hurt it…)
I always assumed the Latour thing was “big import” meaning large quantities – but only 800 cases makes it fairly small I would assume for retail distribution. Also the first time I’ve seen specs on “produced” vs “imported.” – I just like knowing that stuff even if the wine itself doesn’t care…
Hi Scott. I too have ordered Latour offered here in the past, and generally been quite pleased; but I’ve not ordered one from from this area so it’s a total flyer for me. Seems this is their second year of an experiment. You have any additional knowledge on this one, or PN’s in general from the region?
This is the Beaujolais area. Southern part of Burgundy. It generally produces Gamay. Due to a good add campaign everyone associates Beaujolais with carbonic maceration Nuovo. So, most people don’t associate the area with regular well made red wines. They are starting to plant more Pinot, especially in the Grand Cru area. I look for these on restaurant lists. They are usually a good wine for the price. Found a lot of them when I recently was in Tahiti. Tahiti being French Polynesia.