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Over time, Maison Louis Latour has set an ideal of perfection in our winemaking.

Although equipped with the most modern tools and equipment, the winemaking methods remain simple and traditional. The Louis Latour style is an auspicious combination of the richness of nature and the skill of man's labor. We respect the natural rhythm of the vines and make our wines in harmony with their nature, with the aim of offering full expression to the elegance and the balance of the great terroirs of Burgundy.

At Maison Louis Latour, we imprint each wine with an individual style that our customers can rediscover year after year.

Red Wines

Maison Louis Latour respects Burgundian traditions for the vinification of its red wines from the harvest to the final product. Only the finest grapes are selected and placed into traditional French oak vats for a short period of fermentation.

Once fermentation is complete, the wine is drained from the vats. This is called free-run wine. All grape skins and pips are then removed manually and pressed. The press wine is blended with the free-run wine and spends approximately 12 months in barrel. It undergoes several rackings to clear it of any deposit that may have collected.

After bottling, the wine is allowed to settle for a further 6 months before distribution.

The full process

White Wines

White wine vinification differs from the reds in that the grapes from the harvest go directly into the press. The pressed grape juice, called must, then undergoes a rapid fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The wine is transferred into French oak barrels where it continues to age for a period of approximately 10 months.

The wine undergoes racking before the final blending.

The full process

Life in the Vineyard

Respect for terroir is one of the fundamental values of Maison Louis Latour, who have practiced reasoned agriculture (certified ISO14001) for almost 20 years. Understanding and interpreting the geological complexity of each parcel is indispensable, and it is for this reason that we regularly undertake soil analysis of entire slices of earth in order to study the interaction between the terroir and our wines.

If a noble terroir is undoubtedly one of the essential elements in the production of a great wine, the work of our highly qualified team is also crucial and highly valuable. Extreme rigor and meticulous care are necessary when applying the correct gestures and techniques, notably when pruning and leaf thinning.

Healthy soil is also primordial for the development of the vines, which is why Maison Louis Latour uses specific organic techniques to combat vine pests and diseases. These organic substances also reduce the need for pesticides. Maison Louis Latour also makes its own compost (around 70 tons) from vine pruning wood and grape skins - a by-product of pressing - thus eliminating the use of chemical fertilizers.

Traditional viticultural methods have been perpetuated by Maison Louis Latour. Young vines on steep slopes -making access difficult for machines - are ploughed using horses. Working in this way avoids compacting the earth and allows the vine root systems to plunge deeply into the soil to better regulate their water intake. 

The use of cover crops also illustrates Maison Louis Latour's desire to protect the environment. Forage crops sown in between rows combat soil erosion and are rich in organic matter. They also take up excess water in the earth, which is of considerable benefit during periods of heavy rain.

Leaf thinning is the process of diminishing the number of leaves from the fruit-bearing areas of the vine, thus providing aeration and better sunshine exposure for the grapes. This is carried out in spring on the east-facing side of the vines to improve harvest quality.

Weather stations installed in partnership with the University of Dijon since 1996 aid the decision-making process when it comes to vine protection, facilitating natural regulation of the ecosystems. For example, we do not systematically treat vines that are suffering from light mildew. In addition, these weather stations have highlighted the importance of microclimates by revealing differences in temperature on the plain and at the highest point of the vineyard.

Maintenance of our viticultural landscapes is essential for the preservation of the extremely varied and protected ecosystems of Burgundy. Burgundy is a treasure-trove of historic mediaeval landscapes, rich with an exceptional heritage that Maison Louis Latour takes pains to protect right in the heart of our vineyards. The ‘Landscapes of Corton' association, formed at the initiative of Maison Louis Latour and other winegrowers on the Corton hill, has addressed sustainable development from this particular angle since 2009, combatting the phenomenon of soil erosion and establishing a tree and hedge planting program with the aim of strengthening ecosystems, protecting biodiversity and preserving the authenticity of the landscapes.