In a nutshell: A rich and opulent 1er Cru Puligny-Montrachet from the renowned Maison Louis Latour.
The lowdown: Still family owned after 300 years Maison Louis Latour is one of the major names in Burgundy and have among the largest land holdings of any. At the top end they produce some superlative wines of which this Puligny-Montrachet is a good example. The La Garenne vineyard is one a cluster of top 1ers Crus to be found here and the grapes for this come from vines with an average age of 35 years. After fermentation in oak barrels the wine is further matured in oak for between 8 and 10 months. On the nose there's an array on exotic fruit aromas which give way to to rich, buttery character on the palate and a crisp balancing acidity. It has a long, lingering and quiet seductive finish.
When to drink: Great to drink now and until around the mid 2020's. Its buttery and complex make-up means it's perfect with richly flavoured fish, shellfish and poultry 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.