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Power, density, huge richness—all the attributes you would expect from a Corton-Charlemagne. But, this being 2006, the ripe tropical fruits are crispened with acidity which cuts through the impressive opulence and ripeness.
A notably ripe but not exotic nose of green, yellow and citrus fruit complements reserved, intense, round and very primary big-bodied flavors that display obvious concentration and muscle on the dry but attractively textured and detailed finish. By the typical standards of this wine, '06 is a vintage that will drink well early as it's generous but focused. I personally would give it the better part of a decade but the mid-palate fat is such that it will be approachable earlier than usual.
Maison Louis Latour is one of the most highly-regarded négociants in the Burgundy wine region of France. After its founding in 1797, it has gained plenty of recognition and respect for both its white and red wines. With around 72 acres of Grand Cru land, the domain has the largest amount of vineyard holdings in all of Burgundy. The maison not only controls a large portion of Burgundy, but has a substantial amount of holdings in the regions of Ardèche and Var regions located in the south of France that are known for their Viognier and Chardonnay at more accessible price points. Having grown grapes since the 17th Century in Aloxe-Corton, the Latour family had the chance to expand when they gained a 125-acre domaine and built their Corton Grancey winery in 1834. The winery was built with five levels to allow for gravity flow, which was the first of its kind in France. Today the winery is one of the most easily recognized in all of France, as are the wines, and it is distributed to many countries across the globe.
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