Louis Latour Corton Charlemagne 2015
|Region||France, Burgundy, Cote de Beaune|
James SucklingSo perfumed with exotic, tropical-fruit aromas that draw you into the glass. Full-bodied, layered and textured with soft creamy tannins and light stone and walnut undertones. Gun flint. Always a fantastic white. So constant. Drink or hold.
Wine EnthusiastA flagship wine for this producer, this is rich and seductive, opulent even. Bold yellow fruits, ripe apples and pears are surrounded by a youthful texture that will allow it to age. The fruit and the touches of wood are still present, but will integrate beautfully. Drink this wine from 2023.
Wine SpectatorVanilla, clove and toast notes shade the core flavors of apple, melon and stone in this rangy white. Balanced in a broad-shouldered way, this offers echoes of mineral and spice on the long finish. Best from 2020 through 2033.
BurghoundLouis-Fabrice Latour and winemaker Jean-Charles Thomas told me that 2015 "provided us with very ripe and perfectly clean fruit. We began picking the domaine vineyards on the 3rd of September and we could pick at a reasonable pace because there was almost no sorting to speak of and once the heat wave broke at the end of August, the harvest conditions were essentially perfect. Quantities were slightly below average in the Côte de Nuits though well below average in the Côte de Beaune, partially due to the damage from several consecutive years of hail and partially because the strong July and August heat evaporated at least some of the juice in the berries. The vinifications were easy and we didn't have to do much at all to obtain very good colors and extractions as the skins were so thick. As to the wines, they have everything that they need to age well yet they're so rich and ripe that they will probably mostly be drunk up in their youth as they're almost irresistibly delicious, and this is true for both the reds and the whites. With respect to the whites specifically, what is interesting is that the technical figures such as alcohols and acidities are actually quite similar to those we obtained in 2014, the aromatic and taste profiles are completely different." As with several of the, mostly unbottled, wines in the range, there is enough reduction to push the underlying fruit to the background. Otherwise there is solid power and punch to the medium weight plus flavors with lovely finishing balance and complexity. Note that this appears to possess very good upside development potential. 90-93