Domaine Louis Latour, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2005

Louis Latour Corton Charlemagne 2005 #3

Louis Latour Corton Charlemagne 2005 #4One of the largest parcels, 9.65 ha.  100% Aloxe vines and all domaine fruit.

Straw to lemon yellow.  Forthright, reductive, aerodynamic nose: green citrus and stone fruit, freesia, singed almond, blossom honey.  Vanilla, spice and melted butter toast from the wood.   SO2 is a factor so decant (or use a penny, it works).  A cherubic opulence on the palate, fullish with a summery warmth and sunlit ripeness: mutsu apple, anjou pear, lemon crème.  Butterscotch and mango undercurrent.  Insistent lines of chalk and powdered stone minerality.  Still youthfully taut but not constricted so of good length: we find this to be more incisive than the ’04.  An almost floral astringence and a touch of wood tannin to resolve.  Not singing in concert yet: the acidity here is fine enough to justify space in your cellar to see if this truly blossoms.   Now – 2018+.

Louis Latour Corton Charlemagne 2005 #1

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