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Sunday, June 2, 2019

Wine Review: Louis Latour Les Pierres Dorées Pinot Noir 2017

Lois Latour Les Pierres Dorées Pinot Noir 2017

What can you say about Louis Latour other than they make some damn good wine? You really can't go wrong with their juice on any of their tier levels from introductory to high end. And they've been around for over 220 years! Since 1797 they've been based in Burgundy, France, but they recently decided to expand their operations further down south to...

Beaujolais?!? YUP! They bought up 50 acres of vineyard land in Les Pierres Dorées (the southernmost region in Beaujolas), ripped up the Gamay vines, and planted their specialty... Pinot Noir! They felt the specific altitude and clay-limestone soils would be perfect for the varietal. And what I've got right here is the result of that initiative.

This is 100% Pinot Noir from sustainably farmed vineyards in the villages of Morancé and Theizé, between 918 to 1246 feet above sea level on clay and crinoidal limestone soil. It was fermented in open vats, and spent 10 to 12 months aging in stainless steel tanks and medium toasted French oak by the Louis Latour cooperage. 

The color of the wine is a ruby red with a slight tilt to garnet in its highlights. On the nose there's strawberries, cranberries, licorice, earth, and fiery fine table pepper. It has a heavier body than most Burgundian Pinot Noirs in this price range, but also less acidic. It has a lush mouthfeel and the tannins are insanely chalky. On the palate there's flavors of strawberries, black cherries, spices, and fiery fine table pepper. And the finish seems to go on forever.

This is a nice Pinot Noir, and it's from a different location that you normally don't see it from. It's clearly Pinot Noir but you do sense some similarities to the Gamay that you do normally see from that location. So because it's pretty delicious and an added experience in your wine adventure, I'm going to give it a Recommendation!

I really want some goat cheese with this. Don't judge me.

Price: $25
Rating: 4/5 = Recommended (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was provided free of charge for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.

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