2020 Louis Latour Vire Clesse
2020 Louis Latour Vire Clesse The Vire-Clesse 2020 wine reveals a yellow pale color with green hues and a floral nose with noites of acacia, honey and vanilla. The mouth is round with aromas of peer and mirabelle plum. Beautiful minerality on the finish !
The Corton Grancey Cuverie was built by the Marquis de Cordoba, completed in 1834, who bequeathed it to the Earl of Grancey. In 1891 the Latour family bought the Cuverie, Château and surrounding vineyards, two thirds of which had been destroyed by Phylloxera. The vineyards were replanted and went on to become the heart and soul of Domaine Louis Latour.
The design of the Cuverie was revolutionary for its time, it was built over five levels so all movement during the winemaking process to could be carried out by gravity. Pinot Noir grapes are harvested and taken in small baskets to the Cuverie courtyard where they are weighed, sorted and de-stemmed. They are then taken to the first floor by lift in large double walled ‘cauldron shaped’ metal cars. Cold or hot water can be put in the wall of the cars to regulate the temperature of the grapes as needed. Each new stage of the winemaking process is marked by a move down to the next floor of the winery which ends in the cellars where the wines are matured in oak barrels. Chardonnay grapes are pressed after sorting and then put directly into barrels for the entire winemaking process.
The Cuverie’s first floor is a large vaulted room filled with 45 large open wooden tanks. Each harvest they are filled with grapes from the cars which are mounted on a clever system of rails running above the tanks.