Louis Latour Portfolio Tasting
Thanks to the generosity of our good friends, we were recently invited to a Louis Latour Portfolio tasting at the East End Brasserie lounge in the Atlantic hotel on Fort Lauderdale Beach. Although we do appreciate and buy “fine” wine, we are much more familiar with New World wines and wouldn’t necessarily know a Grand Cru from a Motley Crüe. That being said, we welcomed an opportunity to learn (and sample, of course!) more about the Louis Latour portfolio.
Crowds are always a concern during these get-togethers, but since this was not an ordinary Crown tasting event—and because the lounge isn’t that large to begin with—attendance was limited. We entered the event a bit timidly but were pleasantly surprised by the exuberance of the wine representatives and the politeness of the crowd as we navigated the tasting. We spent a good amount of time with several experts that were more than willing to explain the nuances of the region and the wine we were tasting.
Some interesting points about the Burgundy region that were new to us:
- The grapes from the Burgundy region are primarily the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
- Burgundy wines are classified mainly on the geographic location within the region, as opposed to being classified by the producer.
- The quality (Regional Cru, Village Cru, Premier Cru and Grand Cru) classification of wines in this region was begun by monks.
For this tasting there were five stations setup across the bar. Starting at the beginning of the bar, we were handed a white wine glass and proceeded through the two sections set aside for the white wines. Our favorites:
- Simonnet-Febvre Chablis Premier Cru “Fourchaume” (100% Chardonnay, 40 year old vines – Fruit forward, smooth) $28
- Louis Latour Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru “Morgeot” (100% Chardonnay, Aged 8-12 months in oak (30% new oak) barrels – Lush, exotic fruit notes) $47
- Louis Latour Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru (100% Chardonnay, Aged 8-12 months in new oak casks – Minerality yet creamy with nut and succulent fruit notes) $200
Once we had completed the series of whites, we were handing a red wine glass to complete the next grouping of red wines. Our favorites:
- Louis Latour Pommard (100% Pinot Noir, Aged 12 months in oak casks – Dark fruit with slight spice) $44
- Louis Latour Beaune Premier Cru “Vignes Franches” (100% Pinot Noir, Aged 12 months in oak casks – Cherry, Floral with slight spice) $48
After completing the tasting, we both agreed that we much preferred the whites. However, the reds we tried were young as we unfortunately missed out on the earlier vintages by the time we arrived. We found none that were a “must have” for us but we did appreciate the complexity of the region in not only what we tasted, but what we learned. We thoroughly enjoyed the Louis Latour portfolio tasting and our foray into the Burgundy region.