Corton Charlemagne has consistently been one of the most vital wines to come from Louis Latour over the years. With 10.5 hectares of vines, Louis Latour is the single largest landowner of the revered grand cru Corton Charlemagne. Their grasp of the vineyard, placing them in the most prime sections of the vineyard with the best exposure. 2018 is a powerful, complex, and intense wine with notes of white stone fruits such as white peach, fresh hazelnut, vanilla, almond paste, and saline minerality. Full-bodied, Louis Latour waits until the last possible moment to harvest the fruit to ensure optimal ripeness. 2018 is a full showing of the gourmand side of Corton Charlemagne with nothing held back, displaying superb richness and decadence while delightfully nuanced and energetic with expressive aromatics. A powerful yet refined wine and an excellent interpretation of the vintage fell right into the hands of the Latour team in this instance, making it to 6th place in the Wine Spectators' top 100 wines of the year. Easily the top buy for Corton-Charlemagne this vintage, we have friendly pricing on this incredible wine, and it is not one to miss!
James Suckling 97 points! "Open and aromatic with honeysuckle flowers, dried apples and mangoes, as well as white peaches and stone. Full-bodied, this grows slowly on the palate with an intense, powerful finish. Lots of cream, cooked apples, lemons and light oak at the very end. Tight and right. Try after 2023."
Wine Spectator #6 of Top 100 wines of 2021, 95 points! "Corton-Charlemagne 2018 is a powerful, complex wine. Its nose is intense, with notes of white stone fruits such as white peach, fresh hazelnut, vanilla, and almond paste. The wine is full-bodied for the palate, and the vanilla is complemented by aromas of fresh almond and lime blossom. The experience ends with a very fine aromatic aftertaste that has subtle saline notes."
Decanter 93 points! "Despite the heat of the vintage and serious ripeness (14.5% alcohol), this is surprisingly elegant and nuanced. There is a pleasant lemony accent to the ripe tropical flavours coloured with hints of cream, butter, and spice. On the palate, the wine dense but not lacking in freshness. Pleasant now, this will age well.
Burghound 91-93 points! "Here the beautifully layered nose is at once riper and more complex but also more restrained with its reasonably fresh aromas of apple, spear, spice, herbal tea and soft oak wisps. There is outstanding volume to the equally ripe and powerful flavors that exhibit a lovely underlying tension on the impressively persistent and attractively stony finish where the only nit is hint of warmth. (Drink starting 2026)"