From the heart of their Domaine on the Corton hillside, Maison Louis Latour have witnessed more than two centuries of Burgundian history. Founded in 1797 Maison Louis Latour has survived the ages and has become a natural custodian of Burgundy’s ancient traditions. It is now run by the seventh Louis Latour who represents the 11th generation of the founding family, who like each generation before him, has worked hard to preserve the company’s unique heritage whilst ensuring the future withan ambitious and visionary spirit.
With a view to expanding the business in 1979, the valley of the Ardèche river with its clay and limestone-based soils was chosen as the ideal location to produce a top-quality Chardonnay wine. The Chardonnay d'Ardèche is aged in stainless steel vats for approximately 10 months. It is a fresh and easy to drink wine.
The 2018 Ardeche Chardonnay presents itself with a brilliant straw hue, revealing aromas of green apple that will develop into more honey and almond notes after 2-3 years of aging. An initial attack of acidity leads to a persistence on the palate. A gentle wine that is well balanced.
Maison Louis Latour has been growing chardonnay and making wine in Ardèche since 1979. Over the decades, the warmer climate and clay-limestone soils have come together to yield an impressive inexpensive French chardonnay. Chardonnay d'Ardèche is aged on lees in stainless vats for ten months. 2018 is delicious, from its fresh green apple nose to its riper red apple fruit flavours sprinkled with hazelnuts, honey, and a dusting of lees. It is the perfect introduction to white Burgundy and a style that would be widely welcomed in the New World. If you love simple seafood dishes, this is the wine for you, back up the truck. Wine Align
Light straw-yellow hue, with a smoky-reductive and oak-kissed bouquet, which is surprisingly complex for a wine of its station. A subtle honey undertone. The wine is rich, full and expansive across the palate, dry and savoury, rich and fleshy and dense. There is a fair degree of phenolic here, and the wine has the body and fleshiness to cope with that. It's not a finesse wine but a full-bodied chardonnay with a stack of flavour. Date Tasted: July 2021; Drink: 2021 to 2026; Price: $28.00; Alcohol: 13%; Rating: 91 Points; Huon Hooke; The Real Review
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