Domaine Louis Latour covers 48 hectares of vineyard, from the red Grand Cru of Chambertin and Romanée-Saint-Vivant in the Côte de Nuits to the white Grand Cru of Corton-Charlemagne and Chevalier-Montrachet in the Côte de Beaune, representing the largest holding of Grand Cru vineyards in Burgundy.
2017 is an early vintage of high quality, which marks a return to more usual volumes. The wines are balanced and expressive, with freshness and fruity aromas prevailing. An outstanding vintage is developing.
2017 Plant Cycle :
- Bud break: 29th March (13 days early*)
- Etalement bourgeon: 4th April
- Flowering: 26th May (8 days early*)
- Veraison/ripening: 26th July (7 days early*)
- Harvest: 4th September (10 days early*)
*Compared with the 1981-2010 average
2017 French Climate Analysis:
- A very cold December and January. It has been a long time since such low temperatures have been recorded over such a significant period.
- Radical change for February and March when normal temperatures are exceeded by 2 ° C.
- Temperatures returned to normal in April and May before a significant heat spike in June (+ 2.3 ° C / normal) with high temperatures continuing until the end of August.
- Average temperatures were slightly above normal from April until September.
- The year 2017 is characterised by a warm climate, low rainfall and sunshine. This ideal season allowed the vines to grow in harmony while minimising the attack of mildew and growth of weeds.
- Despite this “easy” year, some important climatic events have affected the development of the vine. Following an historically early étalement bourgeon (4th April, as in 1943 and 1989) due to a very mild March, we came close to a frost disaster between 25th and 29th April, when temperatures dropped drastically. To avoid any loss of grapes, we criss-crossed the vineyard for several nights, especially on 26th April when we decided to light candles in Corton-Charlemagne.
- At the beginning of May temperatures rose sharply allowing the vine to grow very quickly and causing an intensive pace of work. Flowering took place on 30th May as in the legendary year of 1947.
- A perfectly timed period of light rainfall allowed complete vine growth (70 mm between bunch closure and veraison).
- In August, despite Coulure (poor fruit set) affecting the whites, the harvest was predicted to be bigger than in previous years. At the end of the month the vines suffered from drought which prevented phenolic maturation. Fortunately the situation was ameliorated when 15mm of rain fell on 31st August. Harvest began on 4th September.
- The ripening of the grapes differed greatly from parcel to parcel. Indeed, the vines reacted differently to hydric stress depending on the nature of the soils. This year in particular it was vital to control phenolic development in each plot, to help organise picking (by analysis and tastings of berries).
- Thus, the harvest of the different Charlemagne parcels was spread from the 4th to 16th September. The grapes were magnificent: their sanitary state was perfect, with high sugar levels and great acidity (mainly tartaric). The situation was similar with the reds. The harvest took place over 14 days from 4th to 17th September. The quality of our grapes was exceptional.
- Vinification takes place serenely and our wines have beautiful maturity.
- The Chardonnays are very balanced, fruity and powerful with nice tension.
- The Pinot Noirs have vibrant, strong colours with intense aromas of red and black fruit together with silky tannins. They are well-balanced and show great finesse and elegance.
Director, Domaine Louis Latour