The origins of the important wine trading and wine producing house Louis Latour, with its headquarters in Beaune, Burgundy, go back to 1768, when Jean Latour planted vines in the commune of Aloxe-Corton (at that time it was still called Aloxe). However, his ancestors had already been growing grapes east of the town of Beaune from the beginning of the 16th century. The year 1797 is considered to be the year of the company's foundation, which meant that the 200th anniversary could be celebrated in 1997. The founder's son Louis Latour I expanded the estate to include vineyards in the Chambertin, Montrachet and Romanée-Saint-Vivant municipalities and vineyards. It was not until much later that the family also began trading in wine, when Louis Latour III bought the Lamarosse trading house in 1867. In 1891, the Château Corton-Grancey (15 ha) with cellar facilities and renowned sites around the famous Corton mountain was acquired. The third Louis is also credited with recognising the importance of the Corton mountain for white wines. After phylloxera destroyed the Aligoté and Pinot Noir stocks, he planted Chardonnay in what is now the Grand Cru site of Corton-Charlemagne.
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