Louis Latour, a prominent figure in the Burgundy wine scene, has been crafting exceptional wines for over two centuries. Established in 1797, Maison Louis Latour is one of Burgundy's oldest and most renowned wineries, with a vast estate spanning 48 hectares of Grand Cru vineyards and 27 hectares of Premier Cru. The Latour family's commitment to tradition and quality is evident in their meticulous winemaking process, where they exclusively use estate-grown grapes, practice sustainable viticulture, and age their wines in carefully selected oak barrels. With a legacy that spans 11 generations, Louis Latour continues to be a standard-bearer for Burgundian winemaking, producing wines that reflect the unique terroir of the region while clocking in at more reasonable pricing compared to their peers.
Today, we have the Meursault Gouttes d'Or, which is one of the best buys of the vintage for this Meursault Premier Cru. Gouttes d'Or is centrally located in Meursault and is the last premier cru vineyard when heading north towards Volany and Monthelie. The vineyard was given this name ('drop of gold') because of the quantity of flint in the soil, which has both the shape and color of golden droplets, not unlike the wine it produces. The vines here average 35 years old and are grown on Stony marl and Jurassic limestone, with the wines showing profound aromatics and that beautiful intersection of power and elegance that the best Burgundy shows. This is a top buy for the vineyard and, overall, one of the best examples of the Goutte d'Or from Louis Latour. We have friendly pricing on this brilliant wine today, and when compared to other examples from producers like Henri Boillot, this is right there with them and a great buy at a fraction of the cost.
James Suckling 95 points! "A very generous and mouth-filling wine with super-ripe mirabelle, the fine tannins and delicate minerality beautifully interwoven into that. Great concentration and not a jot too rich. Very long and graceful finish with a lot of complexity. Drink or hold."