Domaine Louis Latour Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2006
By Wine Enthusiast
Louis Latour 2006 Chardonnay (Corton-Charlemagne)
Appellation: Corton-Charlemagne, Burgundy, France
Winery: Louis Latour
Bottle Size: 750.00 ml
Importer: Louis Latour Inc
In Magazine: 10/1/2008
Power, density, huge richness- all the attributes you would expect from a Corton-Charlemagne. But, this being 2006, the ripe tropical fruits are crispened with acidity which cuts through the impressive opulence and ripeness. (10/1/2008) -95
By Wine Review Online
Domaine Louis Latour, Corton-Charlemagne (Burgundy, France) 2006 ($187, Louis Latour Inc.): Latour's Corton-Charlemagne is the wine by which all others from that Grand Cru vineyard are judged. Usually, his Corton-Charlemagne take years to unfold and show beautifully at a decade of age. But the 2006 shows the precociousness of the vintage and is delightful now. It's one of Latour's most forward young Corton-Charlemagne, reminiscent of the 1992. I suspect it will close up in a year or two to reemerge in a decade, so enjoy it now or be prepared to wait. Ripe and powerful, it has a touch of earthiness to complement its lushness. Its class shows in the ever changing finish. 94 Michael Apstein Jan 6, 2009
Maison Louis Latour 2006 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru White
Note: 100% from vines in Aloxe and all domaine fruit
Producer Note: Louis-Fabrice Latour and winemaker Jean-Pierre Thomas (Jean-Pierre Jobard has now retired) told me that 2006 had a "great" June and July, a difficult August and near perfect September. July was quite dry and with the humidity in August, the grapes swelled with some rot pressure, which made the cleanliness of the grapes an issue in some parcels, particularly in the Côte de Beaune. As such, you really had to sort carefully. Initially, the reds seemed hard and unapproachable before the malos finished but after that, they became relatively agreeable quickly and are much less taciturn than we feared. We tried to preserve the freshness and the fruit as that is the essential quality of the vintage and as such, we're bottling about two months earlier than we usually do. As to our négociant activities, we certainly bought in less red than we did in 2005 and it's become hard to find high quality sources for reds." To this end, Latour told me that 2006 was the most expensive vintage ever for the grands crus, red or white. While he cited several seemingly extreme examples, he noted that it was necessary to pay? 25,000 per barrel for Montrachet, which works out to roughly $125 per bottle before one cent is expended for élevage, bottling, time value of money and so forth. (Louis Latour, Incorporated, San Rafael, CA; Louis Latour Ltd., UK).
Tasting Note: A notably ripe but not exotic nose of green, yellow and citrus fruit complements reserved, intense, round and very primary big-bodied flavors that display obvious concentration and muscle on the dry but attractively textured and detailed finish. By the typical standards of this wine, '06 is a vintage that will drink well early as it's generous but focused. I personally would give it the better part of a decade but the mid-palate fat is such that it will be approachable earlier than usual.
Tasted: Jul 01, 2009
By Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
2006 Domaine Louis Latour Corton Charlemagne
A Chardonnay Dry White Table wine from Corton Charlemagne, Aloxe Corton, Cote de Beaune, Burgundy, France
Review by David Schildknecht
Wine Advocate # 180 (Dec 2008)
Latour’s estate-bottled 2006 Corton Charlemagne displays lime peel, resin, and chalk dust in the nose; its sappy, pit- and citrus-fruit dominated palate resists the wine’s 100% new wood well; and it finishes invigoratingly with an extended reprise of citrus, resin, and chalk. This should keep well for at least 6-8 years. Latour’s very old vines in this site gave their last in 2004, but the average age of vines now is still a respectable 30 years. Admirable concentration and clarity characterize the somewhat firmer and more static 2005. Louis-Fabrice Latour and oenologue Jean-Charles Thomas presented a 2006 collection that displayed the opulent richness that one would anticipate from such a ripe vintage, and from the Latour house style. Sometimes these wines want a bit for clarity, definition and distinctiveness - occasionally they are rather obviously marked by dairy flavors from their malolactic conversion - but the best of them have much to offer. Since I did not have opportunity to include in my issue 179 report notes on the Chablis bottlings of Simmonet-Febvre - a domaine Latour purchased in 2003 (and which also bottles some lovely sparkling wines) - I have made note of them here. Louis Latour has numerous importers throughout the U.S.
By Wine Spectator
LOUIS LATOUR Corton-Charlemagne 2006
Issue: Web Only - 2011
An open, rich white, with a core of peach and apple accented by honey and spice. Loose-knit and toasty on the long finish, which echoes the spice theme. Drink now through 2018. 3,600 cases made. -BS
Domaine Louis Latour Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2006
Appellation: Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru
Region: Côte de Beaune
Grape Varieties: Chardonnay
Soil: Stony limestone
An ample and powerful nose. The mouth offers a rich palate of aromas: fresh almond, honey and melted vanilla. The wine is very well-structured. It is already harmonious but be patient if you want to fully enjoy it: it needs a few more years to reach its peak and to fully express its complexity. Tasted in May 2008.
Traditional in oak barrels with complete malolactic fermentation.
After the ravages of the phylloxera epidemic at the end of the 19th century the Latour family took the decision to tear up the dead Aligoté and Pinot Noir vines and to replace them with Chardonnay. The Corton-Charlemagne vineyard is situated in the prime area of the hillside of Corton where its southeasterly aspect ensures maximum exposure to the sun. The fruit is harvested as late as possible to guarantee maximum ripeness.
The personality of Burgundy wines makes the difference. A charmer. Such is the epithet most frequently employed when Burgundy’s newest vintage is evoked. Nearly two months after the grape harvest, and following a year typified by rather fantastical weather, Burgundy is finally catching its breath. The 2006 vintage, a preoccupying one which never allowed an idle moment, both in the vineyards and in the cellars, excels in its whites and surprises with its reds.