In a nutshell: A rounded and full bodied white Burgundy from the Mâconnais region.
The lowdown: Lugny has some of the best vineyards in the Mâconnais and Louis Latour's 'Les Genièvres' is a always reliably high performer for its modest price. It's not oak aged so the full freshness and purity of its fruit shine through beautifully. On the nose there's a subtle florality and bright citrus character which flows through to the palate and is complemented by some honeyed notes.
When to drink: Fuller than a Chablis and with a creamy elegance it's perfect with white fish, seafood and poultry.
The Latour family are long established in Burgundy's wine trade and are, without doubt, one of the best known names in the region. Their reputation for producing high quality whites is second to none. They began as vine growers in the village of Aloxe-Corton as early as 1760s and went on to establish today's business, Maison Louis Latour, in 1797. Headquartered in Beaune they make wines from their own 50 hectare domaine in the Côte d'Or including a major holding on the famous Corton hill. And the négociant arm of the business is also extremely active. Since the 1980s they've also established operations outside of Burgundy in the Ardèche and Var regions further to the south where they specialise in good value Chardonnay and Pinot Noir respectively. They also produce all their own barrels at their small, traditional cooperage in Savigny-Lès-Beaune.
The company has been in family ownership for 11 generations and is now led by Louis-Fabrice Latour the seventh Louis Latour to run the business. He is ably supported by head winemaker Jean Charles Thomas and domaine director Christophe Deola.