The Year 2014 for Louis Latour
Wednesday December 28, 2016
For over two centuries, Maison Louis Latour continues to progress using a time-tested and proven approach into winemaking. And right from the start, an amazing accomplishment like this is fuelled by hard work and made possible by the winery’s value-laden traditions.
Among the many things that Louis Latour considers as an important part of viticulture is the high regard given to the land to which the vines grow. The family-owned winery treats their terroir with much respect and care that strict international standards, specifically ISO 14001, are being followed.
In addition to practising a set of international standards, there is a profound desire to protect nature, evident in the methods used in the vineyard. One of these methods is the use of forage crops, which aid in avoiding erosions to take place.
Recognising the Inherent
Over the years, the family was able to set an ideal winemaking process. Their long-established and straightforward methods together with the latest technology and equipment, resulted in a promising taste in their wines - reflecting the skilfulness, techniques, and abundance of nature.
A perfect combination on its own.
With their history dating back to centuries ago, the family has crafted over 100 appellations – each showing a unique complexity. There is a discovery of an individual aromatic style for every wine they produce, offering a compelling experience like no other.
Similar to their other vintages, 2014 does not disappoint. Both Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast rated some the 2014 Louis Latour wines with points ranging from 90 to 96.
Here are some of the ratings for their 2014 vintage (together with the tasting notes):
2014 Montrachet Grand Cru | 96 points
“The 2014 Montrachet Grand Cru has an attractive bouquet like the Criots Bâtard Montrachet with a touch of spearmint infusing the citrus fruit. This has a satisfying intensity. The palate is rounded on the entry rather detracts from the tension and energy of this Montrachet. Like Louis Latour’s other 2014 whites, it just lacks complexity and mineralité towards the finish, just a dab of ginger lingering on the aftertaste” (NL, Web only).
2014 Criots-Bâtard –Montrachet | 94 points
“The 2014 Criots Bâtard Montrachet has a simple citrus peel nose that is calling out for more mineralité, something that nails it down as a grand Cru. The palate is balanced on the entry with a keen line of acidity. I actually prefer this to the Chevalier-Montrachet—more lithe in the mouth, more precision with a touch of salinity on the finish that urges you to take another sip. This is a commendable white 2014 from Louis Latour” (NL, Web only).
2014 Chateau Corton Grancey | 93 points
“The 2014 Corton Grancey Grand Cru has quite a perfumed bouquet with redcurrant and cranberry aromas, raspberry coulis and a subtle marine influence that becomes more pronounced as it opens with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly chewy tannin, a little gritty in texture with a healthy pinch of white pepper towards the solid finish. Give this a couple of years and you should have a decent, if a little rustic Corton” (NL, Web only).
2014 Echezeaux Grand Cru | 92 points
“The 2014 Echezeaux Grand Cru has a respectable clean and fresh bouquet with Morello cherry, raspberry coulis and touches of undergrowth. The palate is medium-bodied with finer tannin than either the Chambertin or Romanée Saint Vivant. There is a sense of energy here with just the right amount of spice towards the finish. One of the better offerings this vintage from Louis Latour, enjoy this over the next decade” (NL, Web only).
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