Domaine Vincent Latour
Supplier/Importer: Tenzing Imports
Region: Burgundy, France
Appellation: Côte de Beaune
Although the Latour-Labille family has been making wine since 1792, Vincent Latour began turning heads in Burgundy after the release of his 2006 vintage when he was nominated as winemaker of the year by the well-respected local magazine, Bourgogne Aujourd’hui. He was also recognized last year and in 2009 as the best new/young winemaker in the Côte de Beaune and in the Côte de Nuits as the result of an annual blind tasting hosted by local vignerons.
Vincent is hand-crafting exceptional Meursault from 12 hectares of vines. His father used to sell off their grapes, but when Vincent took over from his father in 1998, he decided to bottle all of their production, roughly 4,000 cases. Vincent made some improvements over the years, including using whole cluster fermentation, integrating demi-muids into the mix, and a longer élévage. A mix of used and new demi-muids and barrels are used for aging in order to have better control of the oak influence. Work in the vineyard follows lutte raisonée methods and native yeasts are used for fermentation.