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Louis Latour

The origins of the important wine trading and winemaking house Louis Latour, with its headquarters in Beaune, Burgundy, go back to 1768, when Jean Latour planted vines in the commune of Aloxe-Corton (then called Aloxe). His ancestors, however, had already been growing grapes east of the town of Beaune from the beginning of the 16th century. The company was founded in 1797, and in 1997 the 200th anniversary of its founding was celebrated. The founder's son, Louis Latour I, expanded the estate to include vineyards in the communes of Chambertin, Montrachet and Romanée-Saint-Vivant. Much later, 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) was acquired, with cellar facilities and renowned sites around the famous Mount Corton. The third Louis is also credited with having recognised the importance of the Corton mountain for white wines. After phylloxera had destroyed the stocks of Aligoté and Pinot Noir, he planted Corton-Charlemagne Chardonnay in what is now the Grand Cru vineyard.

White wines are produced in collaboration with the Lugny winegrowers' cooperative in the Mâconnais area. After the lifting of the American prohibition, Latour exported from here in the 1930s the white wine known today as Pouilly-Fuissé (then Grand Pouilly) to the USA. In the early 1980s Latour also became active in the Ardèche region on the right bank of the Rhône. A total of 180 contract winegrowers supply Chardonnay grapes from 380 hectares of vineyards, which are processed into IGP wines at the Latour winery in Alba. At the end of the 1980s, vineyards were purchased in the Département Var in Provence, where red wines made from Pinot Noir are marketed under Domaine de Valmoissine. The red wines are subjected to a short pasteurisation process lasting only a few seconds (not undisputed). The estate has around 50 hectares of vineyards. Today, the house is managed by Louis-Fabrice Latour (son of Louis Latour VI) in the eighth generation of the family. There are no family ties with Château Latour in Pauillac-Médoc.

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