2016 Louis Latour Chateau Corton Grancey Grand Cru

Year: 2016
Appellation: Cote de Beaune
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 93+
Vinous Media: 92
James Suckling: 99
Burghound: 90-93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
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"A dense, chunky style, packed with cherry, strawberry, currant, earth and tobacco flavors, all backed by beefy tannins. All the elements are in the right proportions, but this will take some time to unpack. Best from 2023 through 2042. 950 cases made, 270 cases imported. -BS" (WS)

"The 2016 Château Corton-Grancey Grand Cru is showing very well from bottle, unfurling in the glass with a youthfully tight-knit bouquet of plums, cassis, subtle spices and incipient hints of forest floor. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, deep and concentrated, with tangy acids, fine but firm structuring tannins and a long, expansive finish. Attractively complete and built for the cellar, this will reward bottle age.

Since Louis Fabrice Latour's office enjoys a view of my Beaune apartment, I am especially pleased to report that this tasting of Maison Louis Latour's 2017s was a decidedly positive experience. In the last few years, longer cuvaisons mean that the reds have taken on more depth and dimension, and while—as is natural—not all cuvées are created equal, this venerable address is now turning out some of the most interesting reds it has produced in years. Impressively, a 2016 Chambertin, followed over the course of a week from an open bottle, only gained in aromatic range and mid-palate amplitude with each passing day. On the white side of the ledger, Latour has taken steps to prevent the problems of premature oxidation that have bedeviled the wines in recent years: since smaller cuvées pick up proportionally more oxygen in the bottling process, the maison has reduced their number; and now the whites are racked only once, not twice. The 2016 whites were showing well, performing better in bottle than their frequently rather corpulent 2015 counterparts at the same stage, though one or two cuvées, most notably the emblematic Corton-Charlemagne, didn't display as much texture and substance as I had found when I tasted them from barrel a year earlier. The fleshy, succulent 2017 whites are promising, and I hope all that promise will make it into bottle. In summation, this important source—with whose wares many consumers no doubt experience their first encounters with Burgundy—is evolving in the right direction, and for that wine lovers have every reason to be grateful." (WA)

"The 2016 Corton-Grancey Grand Cru is deeper in colour than its peers with blackberry and raspberry fruit, hints of mulch-like undergrowth and wilted violets. This is quite complex, even if it misses a little joie-de-vivre. The palate is medium-bodied with crunchy red fruit, a fine bead of acidity, quite precise and classy towards the finish that shows impressive integration of oak and substance. This is a well crafted, very typical Corton that should age with style. Tasted blind at the 2016 Burgfest tasting." (VM)

"Love the depth of fruit and intensity of this wine. It has dark fruit and floral undertones, as well as meat, which is very captivating. Full body, purity of fruit and nice, powerful tannins. Chewy and powerful. Focused austerity. A wine for the cellar. Try in 2022." (JS)

"Moderate reduction and wood toast make for a very pungent nose. Otherwise there is excellent volume to the relatively refined mouth feel thanks to the dense but fine tannins shaping the youthfully austere, complex and impressively persistent finish. This will clearly need at least some bottle age as it's very firm at present." (BH)

Winery Notes:
Tasting Note:
With a purple hue this Grand Cru exhales aromas of cassis, saffron and earthiness. In the mouth the tannins envelop a lovely cherry fruitiness and are powerful yet silky.

Traditional in open vats

"Grancey” was the name of the last owners of the chateau situated on the road of Corton, before the Latour family bought it in 1891. This wine, produced by Maison Louis Latour, is unique and exclusive. It is a blend of four areas of Domaine Latour Corton Grand Cru: Les Bressandes, Les Perrières, Les Grèves and Clos du Roi, the proportions of which vary depending on the vintage. The average age of the vines is over 40 years. After aging individually, only the best barrels are assembled to create the Château Corton Grancey. It is a wine that is produced only if the grapes are of a perfect maturity, vintages judged inferior are systematically declassified.