In a nutshell: A fresh and fruity white from the Mâconnais region of Burgundy.
The lowdown: The vineyards of Pouilly-Vinzelles lie around the villages of Vinzelles and Loché in the southern part of Burgundy. It's an unoaked wine and after fermentation matures for around ten months in stainless steel vats. It has fragrant aromas of citrus fruits, apple and a touch of honey which lead on to a medium bodied palate with good intensity of fruit marked by flavours of honeysuckle and fresh almonds. The bright acidity hold it together thorughout and leads into the fresh, clean finish.
When to drink: Medium bodied, the palate has a touch of richness making it a good wine to pair with grilled fish and lighter meat dishes.
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.