Montrachet Grand Cru
- RegionCôte de Beaune
- AppellationMontrachet Grand Cru
- Grape varietyChardonnay
- Average vine age 40 years
- SoilChalk, gravel, limestone
- Average yield35 hl/ha
- HarvestHand picked
- Cellaring Potential15-20 years
- Serving temperature 12-14°
- Le Montrachet Grand Cru covers only 8 hectares between Puligny-Montrachet and Chassagne-Montrachet. This particular area was known during the 13th century as 'Mont Rachas'.'La rache' in the Burgundian dialect is commonly known as ringworm, a skin disease that causes hair loss. This baldness gives its name to the bare and stony hillside, which grew only thorny bushes until vines were planted. The terroir of Montrachet is a notable exception because its brown soils, usually reserved for Pinot Noir, transform here the Chardonnay into one of the greatest white wines in the world. The east exposure captures sunlight later in the evening. These factors are critical to achieve optimal ripeness. Our grapes come from a parcel with an area of 0.80 hectares which extends from the top to the bottom of the slope in the central part of North Montrachet, situated on the Puligny-Montrachet side.
- FermentationTraditional in oak barrels with complete malolactic fermentation
- Ageing10 to 12 months ageing in oak barrels, 100% new
- BarrelsLouis Latour cooperage, french oak, medium toasted
- Tasting NoteStill very reserved this sleeping giant has bags of juicy fruit aromas and a mellow gingerbread spicy flavour. Is long, concentrated and well balanced.
- Food PairingGreat shellfish - lobster - fish - foie gras
- Montrachet Grand Cru 2017 - Burghound.com - USA - June 2019 - 96/100 "Sweet Spot"
- Montrachet Grand Cru 2017 - William Kelley, Wine Advocate (USA) - January 2019 - 94/100
The 2017 Montrachet Grand Cru unfurls in the glass with notes of ripe, smoky orchard fruit, mandarin and a generous framing of classy new oak. On the palate, it's full-bodied, broad and layered, with good depth and structuring extract that frames its ripe, gourmand core of fruit, concluding with a saline finish. (cask sample)
- Montrachet Grand Cru 2017 - Burgundy Report, Bill Nanson, January 2019 - "Really quite something..."
That's big, some reductive pineapple, a big volume of flavour that persists after swallowing. Really quite something...
- Montrachet Grand Cru 2016 - Inside Burgundy, Jasper Morris - January 2018 - 96/100
This has broad shoulders, enough to put up with the slightly sweet oak. There are many layers of flavours across the palate(tasted prior to bottling).
- Montrachet Grand Cru 2016 - William Kelley, Wine Advocate (USA) - January 2019 - 94/100
The 2016 Montrachet Grand Cru is showing nicely from bottle, unfurling in the glass with aromas of crisp pear, lime zest, subtle citrus blossom and toasted nuts. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, unctuous and saline, with a textural attack but tangy balancing acids and a long, lingering finish. The frost impact lends this Montrachet a slightly atypical equilibrium, but it's a definite success for Latour.
- Montrachet Grand Cru 2016 - Wine Spectator - October 2018 - 94/100
A rich, intense white, with a creamy texture enveloping the peach, citronella, butter, smoke and mineral flavors. Balanced and long, yet approachable now.
- Montrachet Grand Cru 2016 - Burghound.com - June 2018 - 95/100Good freshness and much better vibrancy to the massively proportioned and super-rich flavors that are impressively dense and powerful, all wrapped in a slightly warm but hugely long finish.
- Montrachet Grand Cru 2015 - Wine Enthusiast - November 2017 - 97/100 Cellar Selection
This opulent, powerful wine has weight, richness and a beautiful creamy texture. It's built to age, from its wood aging to its minerality. Concentrated, it offers yellow fruits shot through with acidity. From the grandest Chardonnay vineyard in Burgundy, it will age well. (USA)
- Montrachet Grand Cru 2015 - Wine Spectator - October 2017 - 95/100
Lean and focused, offering lime blossom, acacia, lemon cake, citronella and chalk flavors. Reserved and a little austere on the finish, not a bad sign for a quality young white Burgundy. Overall, this shows fine integration and potential. (USA)
- Montrachet Grand Cru 2015 - Burghound.com - June 2017 - 91-94/100
(100% from the Puligny side). A mild touch of exoticism can be found on the citrus and brioche-inflected pear and apple aromas. Once again, the medium-bodied flavors are not particularly dense or powerful but they are admirably finely textured on the superbly complex and lingering finish that is also relatively clean and dry. This too should amply reward moderately extended cellaring. (91-94)/2025+
- Montrachet Grand Cru 2015 - Tim Atkin - January 2017 - 95/100
If you love this wine - and can afford to buy it - take note that there won't be much of it in 2016, following the heavy frosts. But there are 13 barrels of this. Fermented entirely in new oak, it's a rich, textured, powerful wine that's dense, complete and smoky, with a sense of more to give in bottle as it ages. 2019-27. (UK)
- Montrachet 2014 - Wine Enthusiast - October 2016 - 96/100 - Cellar Selection
This beautiful, rich wine has yellow fruits and is concentrated, tightly textured and conveys a ripe character. The touches of wood are just right, adding spice to the opulent fruitiness. A mineral texture gives some tightness to the aftertaste. Drink from 2024.
- Montrachet 2014 - Wine Spectator (USA) - December 2016 - 95/100
Rich, with vibrant acidity driving the lemon cake , peach and spice flavors. Harmonious and long, showing buttered pastry details and leaving a mouthwatering impression on the finish. Best from 2019 through 2032.
- Montrachet Grand Cru 2014 - Burghound.com - June 2016 - 95/100
Other than a discreet application of wood, this is aromatically all but mute as the nose is pungently reduced. There is terrific mid-palate density and superb power with knock-out intensity to the large-scaled flavors that deliver strikingly good depth and length on the notably dry finish.
- Montrachet Grand Cru 2014 - Tim Atkin - February 2016 - 96/100
One of an impressive array of white wines from Louis Latour in 2014, this comes from a 0.5 hectare parcel on stony, brown soils. Poised and stylish, it's weighty, mineral and very long on the palate, with a sense of something in reserve. Pure and focused. 2020 - 30 (UK)
- Montrachet Grand Cru 2014 - Wine Spectator - February 2016 - 95/100
Latour's Montrachet comes from the Chassagne side. It features aromas of lanolin, lemon oil, vanilla, honey and peach compote married to a rich, full, powerful profile and almost oily texture. It's another dimension, with a fine, intense finish. By Bruce Sanderson (USA)
- Montrachet Grand Cru 2014 - Burgundy Report - January 2016 - "Bigger and brighter"
This nose starts tight but opens quickly with laser-precise top notes of agrume but not just the mix, the individual fruits - it goes deep and high but has more limited width. Medium width on the palate but like the nose there's a certain focus to the flavour that runs with ever-more intensity through the core of the wine. Bigger and brighter in the finish, individual fruits again and I'm not sure when the flavour will stop, but another wine is coming.... (cask sample) By Bill Nanson (UK)
- Montrachet Grand Cru 2013 - Wine Spectator - June 2016 - 93/100
Slightly candied lemon and apple fruit match with butterscotch and stony, saline elements. Lush and smooth, with the spice and mineral accents playing out on the finish. Gets better with air, so give this a few years of aging. Best from 2018 through 2028.
- Montrachet Grand Cru 2013 - James Suckling - June 2015 - 98/100The
purity to this is so compelling. It's like glacier mountain water on the nose
and palate. Full-bodied yet agile and bright with incredible depth and style.
It goes on for minutes. Like drinking the purist water. A loss for words.
- Montrachet Grand Cru 2013 - Burghound.com - June 2015 - 93/100(100% from the Puligny side). A very generously wood nose features notes of menthol, petrol and reduction. On the palate it's immediately evident that this is a big wine with excellent concentration to the seductive but powerful flavors that deliver impressive depth on the strikingly persistent finish that exhibits a mild touch of dryness. (...) By Allen Meadows (USA)
- Montrachet Grand Cru 2013 - The World of Fine Wine - 2015 - 16,5/20Ripe peachy nose, a bit oily. Rich and creamy but heavy, rounded and forward, with spicy stone-fruits flavors. Quite long.
- Montrachet Grand Cru 2013- Burgundy Report - December 2014 - "Perfect!"Here is a beautiful nose - depth, height, complexity and freshness - perfect. Big in the mouth, and silky too - It's a very big wine but with perfect deportment. Just so wide in the mid-palate and into the finish. I seem to have written the word ‘perfect' twice - I'll stay with that then. Every day is different, but I don't remember a better white in 2013,
- Montrachet Grand Cru 2013 - Tim Atkin - January 2015 - 95/100 (UK)
- Montrachet Grand Cru 2012 - Wine Spectator - Mai 2015 - 94/100Pineapple, apricot, lemon and clove aromas and flavors signal this intense, oily white. Tight and lean now, like a long-distance runner waiting for the race to start. Exhibits fine structure, balance and length. Best from 2018 through 2035.
- Montrachet Grand Cru 2012 - Burghound.com - June 2014 - 94/100A dense and notably ripe if not exactly typical nose features notes of petrol, menthol and spice nuances that sit atop the otherwise cool scents of apricot and floral notes. There is a citrusy character to the broad-shouldered, powerful and complex flavors that ooze plenty of dry extract that really coats the palate on the markedly dry and strikingly long finish. Not surprisingly this is very backward at present and this is going to require at least 6 to 8 years to be approachable and 12 to 15 to reach its full apogee. 2024+. By Allen Meadows (USA)
- Montrachet Grand Cru 2012 - Jancis Robinson - January 2012 - 17.5/20Drink 2020-2030 (cask sample) UK
- Montrachet Grand Cru 2012 - Tim Atkin - February 2014 - 94/100A very good, rather than a great Montrachet perhaps (and it's more than twice the price of the Latour Bâtard) but this is still an impressive Grand Cru white. There's some struck match on the nose, plump, stone and tropical fruit flavours, well-integrated oak and refreshing acidity. 2016-25 (UK)
- Montrachet Grand Cru 2011 - Wine Enthusiast - September 2014 - 95/100This is the big one, one of the most treasured white wine vineyards in the world. And the wine is magnificent, balanced with restrained power and style. Yellow fruits are shot through with acidity that conveys a nervy texture and an intense, concentrated character. This needs many years; don't drink before 2020. -R.V.
- Montrachet Grand Cru 2011 - Wine Spectator - July 2014 - 92/100Baking spices denote this rich, broad white, augmenting the flavors of tarte Tatin and grapefruit. Finishes with light tannins. Best from 2015 through 2022. 300 cases made. - Bruce Sanderson
- Montrachet 2011 - Burghound.com - Allen Meadows (USA) - June 2013 - 94/100(100% from the Puligny side). This is aromatically quite similar to the Demoiselles though it's presently much less expressive, indeed even brooding. The broad-scaled full-bodied flavors are markedly bigger, richer and more powerful with even more dry extract and an attractive sense of lift is provided by the solid minerality that really makes its presence felt on the saline-infused and impressively persistent finish. This is a big wine but not necessarily an especially big Montrachet though make no mistake, this is certainly no shrinking violet as patience will definitely be required. 2021+
- Montrachet Grand Cru 2011 - Wine Spectator- May 2014 - 92/100Baking spices denote this rich, broad white, augmenting the flavors of tarte Tatin and grapefruit. Finishes with light tannins. Best from 2015 through 2022. By Bruce Sanderson (USA)
- Montrachet Grand Cru 2010 - Wine Spectator - February 2013 - 94/100
- Montrachet Grand Cru 2010 - Wine Enthusiast - November 2012 - 94/100 "Cellar Selection"Using grapes sourced from the greatest white-wine vineyard in Burgundy, this is huge, dense, very rich and complex. The balance already shows in the wine's acidity, ripe yellow fruit and round texture. Wood aging brings notes of spice and toast. This will age for many years. (USA)
- Montrachet Grand Cru 2009 - Wine Spectator - August 2012 - 93/100Candied apple, buttered brioche and honey aromas and flavors highlight this concentrated, intense white. Light tannins keep this firm through the finish, as it expands with honey and butterscotch elements.Drink now through 2023. (USA)
- Montrachet Grand Cru 2009 - Wine Enthusiast - September 2011 - 95/100 - "Cellar Selection"The potential here is enormous. This is a great wine, powerful and densely textured, at this stage packed with a steely character, but just waiting to unleash its beautifully defined fruit, to break out of the tight structure. Give it at least six years. (USA)
- Montrachet Grand Cru 2009 - Burghound.com - June 2011 - 95/100This is also quite reserved and almost aromatically mute though there is excellent power, weight and sizeto the big, powerful and concentrated flavors that possess almost painful intensity and despite the sheer scale of this wine, there is no sense of undue heaviness or blurriness as there is actually fine delineation on the stunningly long finish. This won't win any awards as the most elegant Latour Montrachet of the decade but fans of power Montrachet will love this and rightly so as it is extremely impressive. 95/2021+
- Montrachet Grand Cru 2008 - Wine Spectator - December 2010 - 92/100Displays elements of pina colada, with its coconut accent, along with flavors of apple, peach, citrus and mineral. This is powerful and a touch hot as it winds down on the finish, but there's fine length, with an aftertaste of bread dough. Best from 2013 through 2030. By Bruce Sanderson (USA).
- Montrachet Grand Cru 2008 - Wine Enthusiast - November 2010 - 95/100The potential here is enormous. This is a great wine, powerful and densely textured, at this stage packed with a steely character, but just waiting to unleash its beautifully defined fruit, to break out of the tight structure. Give it at least six years. By Roger Voss, USA.
- Montrachet Grand Cru 2008 - Allen Meadows' Burghound.com - July 2010 - 95/100This is clearly the most backward and reserved wine in the range as the restrained nose reveals only hints of white flower, citrus and green fruit aromas that are trimmed in a noticeable touch of pain grillé. By contrast, the muscular and big-bodied flavors explode on the palate as there is a chewy texture to them yet the ample minerality present adds lift to the powerful and hugely long finish. This is not a Montrachet of finesse in 2008 but the abundant amount of dry extract should insure that it matures, and then drinks, over a very long period. 95/2020+
- Montrachet Grand Cru 2007 - Wine Spectator - February 2010 - 94/100This is stripped down to the essence of place, offering an elegant, pure and precise expression of mineral, with hints of lime, apricot, floral and spice flavors dancing around the edges. The length is ethereal. Best from 2012 through 2025.
- Montrachet Grand Cru 2007- Burghound.com- July 2009- 95/100A deft touch of wood serves as a background presence for the reserved but fresh and bright floral, citrus, brioche and spice aromas that are strikingly complex and broad and complement the full-bodied flavors that are deep, dense and massive with exceptionally powerful drive and intensity on the gorgeously long and palate staining finish. This is an impressive wine blessed with great underlying material, perfect balance and superb harmony plus it's built for the long haul. Note however that the expressiveness of the nose aside, the flavors are like a block of stone and thus I would suggest not opening a bottle for the next few years as it would likely be a complete waste. 2015+. By Allen Meadows (USA).
- Montrachet Grand Cru 2006 - Burghound.com- July 2009- 94/100A wonderfully refined, elegant and remarkably complex nose of honeysuckle, peach, pear and citrus that is also ever-so-vaguely exotic in character is set off by subtle notes of brioche before merging into sophisticated, pure, powerful, concentrated and silky flavors that are understated at present, all wrapped in a hugely long finish of simply stunning intensity. As good as the Corton-Charlemagne and Demoiselles are, this is a small but clear step up. 2014+. By Allen Meadows (USA).
- Montrachet Grand Cru 2006- Wine Advocate- December 31st 2008- 91-92/100The 2006 Montrachet is the ripest and most exotic wine in this year's Latour collection. Musk, lily, and over-ripe peach and pear aromas usher in a sumptuous, creamy, yet juicy palate. The finish here preserves all of the decadent floral and over-ripe fruit character while introducing an intensely pungent amalgam of citrus zest, toasted nuts, wood smoke, and crushed stone. As with this year's Chevalier Demoiselles, there is a bit of heat here but it does not seriously intrude nor preclude clarity in the finish. (USA)
- Montrachet Grand Cru 2006 - Wine Enthusiast - October 2008 - 97/100Top 100 Cellar Selections 2008 - #69:
It's the complexity that dominates this wine from what is arguably the greatest chardonnay vineyard in Burgugndy. All the fruit elements are wrapped up in a tense, tightly strung structure, and then surrounded by superrichness. Acidity adds to the mix, a pure, green plum fruit character. All in all, a great wine. (USA)
- Montrachet Grand Cru 2006 - Wine Spectator - June 24th, 2008 - 91-94/100Vibrant backbone for the toasty apricot, citrus and mineral notes, allied to a long, powerful profile. By Bruce Sanderson (USA).
- Montrachet Grand Cru 2005 - Wine Spectator - August 2007 - 95/100A superb 2005. Opulent and creamy in texture, featuring toasted brioche, hazelnut, vanilla, apricot and mineral aromas and flavors. Harmonious, this reveals itself in layers right through the lingering finish. Best from 2009 through 2022. (USA)
- Montrachet Grand Cru 2005 - Burghound.com - July 2007 - 94/100Aromatically this resembles the Corton-Charlemagne with its backward, cool and reserved nose that offers a bit of everything including spice, brioche, brown butter, acacia blossom, pear, peach and even a hint of the exotic that introduces full-bodied, serious, textured, powerful and sleekly muscled flavors that are both classy and stylish, all wrapped in a hugely long finish. A dramatic and impressive Monty that will require ample patience as it's not open for business today. 2015+. By Allen Meadows (USA).
- Montrachet Grand Cru 2005 - Jancis Robertson - January 2007 - 18/20 Savoury. Central core of fruit. Fresh acidity. Drink 2010-16. (UK)
- Montrachet Grand Cru 2004 - Burghound.com - July 2006 - 93/100Wonderfully complex aromatically with spiced pear, white flower, anise, clove, orange peel and acacia blossom notes wrapped in moderate toast that complement well the silky, round, powerful and forceful flavors that are more forward than usual though will still require the better part of 6 to 8 years to fully develop as the palate staining finish is replete with ample dry extract. By Allen Meadows (USA).
- Montrachet Grand Cru 2003 - Burghound.com - October 2005 - 92/100Ripe, exotic and ever so marginally advanced aromas relative to those of Bâtard make for an unusually expressive young Montrachet, leading to exceptionally rich and massive flavors that are thick, opulent and lush. This is a wine of serious concentration with the same hugely long, intense and palate staining finish. Stylistically, I slightly prefer the Bâtard but qualitatively it's a horse race. By Allen Meadows (USA).
- Montrachet Grand Cru 2003 - Wine Spectator - May 31st, 2005 - 95-100/100Intense, harmonious,and citronella-flavored. (USA)
- Montrachet Grand Cru 2003 - Wine Spectator - July 1st, 2006 - 90/100This is expressive. Aromas of apricot, honeysuckle and melon pick up mineral accents on the palate. It's ripe and opulent, having absorbed all its oak and unfolds easily. Yet it lacks grip and intensity on the finish, which would make it a more complete wine. Drink now through 2010. 300 cases made. By Bruce Sanderson (USA).
- Montrachet Grand Cru 2003- The Wine Advocate - Issue 158 - 89/100While aromatically muted this wine reveals impressive depth to its oak-laced mineral flavours. Light to medium-bodied and silky-textured, this wine is concentrated, packed with savory notes, and possesses a long, silky finish. Projected maturity : now - 2014. (USA)
- 2002 Montrachet Grand Cru - Burghound.com - July 2004 - 93 points :(Jobard said that this was harvested at over 14% potential alcohol). Rich, luxuriantl opulent aromas of honeysuckle and discreet wood spice are followed by remarkably complex. This is a massively constituted effort that will require time to really unwind and display what it is truly capable of and the very powerful flavors makes a fine contrast to the sheer elegance of the Demoiselles. 93/2010-20
- 2002 Montrachet Grand Cru – Wine Advocate – february 27th, 2004 – 95-97+ points :The star of Louis Latour’s 2002 portfolio is the Montrachet. Harvested at 14.2% natural potential alcohol, it bursts from the glass with resin-laced, spicy minerals and anises; thick, rich, lush, and medium to full-bodied, this is a dense, oily-textured wine. Concentrated layers of creamed minerals are intermingled with flowers, white peaches, and pears in this gorgeously deep offering. Anticipated maturity : 2007-2016.
- 2001 Montrachet Grand Cru – Wine Advocate - April 23rd, 2003 – 92-95 points :The powerful, layered 2001 Montrachet jumps from the glass with mineral-infused pear aromas. Medium-bodied, highly expressive, forward, and dense, it coats the palate with liquid minerals, spices, toast, buttered pears, and stones. This satin-textured wine also reveals an outstanding, apple-laced, lengthy finish. Drink it over the next 10 years.
- 1999 Montrachet Grand Cru - The Wine Advocate tasting - February 2001- 90-92 points : Spices, anise, red berries, and pears are found in the nose of the 1999 Montrachet. This medium-bodied wine has outstanding breadth, concentration, and length. Toasted oak, spices candied apples, and hints of minerals can be discerned in its satin-textured personality. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2009.
- 1998 Montrachet Grand Cru - The Wine Advocate tasting - April 21st, 2000 - 90-93 points : Minerals, white flowers, and toasted oak are found in the 1998 Montrachet's nose. This medium to full-bodied, deep, dense, and creamy wine is crammed with layers and layers of minerals, pears, and stones. It is complex, harmonious, compelling, and reveals an extremely long, flavorful, focused finish. Projected maturity : 2002-2010. Louis Latour is represented by a different importer for each state.
- 1997 The Montrachet Grand Cru reviewed by Parker in the Wine Advocate - June 21st, 1999 - 92-94 points : My efforts to become acquainted with the Latour's 1997 Montrachet's aromatics were unsuccessful as it was completely closed. With its elegant, expensive and medium-to-full bodied personality, it offers superbly focused layers of minerals, sweet nuts, white flowers, as well as spiced pears. A highly refined and well-crafted wine, it is marvelously ample, focused, concentrated and complex. A prodigious 1997, it combines the vintage's richness with structure, outstanding balance, and an impressively long and detailed finish. Projected maturity: 2002-2009+
- 1996 Montrachet Grand Cru - The Wine Advocate tasting - April 30th, 1998 - 94-96 points : ‘The Montrachet exhibits expressive liquid mineral, stone, and floral scents as well as an oily, super-rich, dense and muscular character jam-packed with earth, anise citrus-zests, and a superb minerality. This seductive, elegant, powerful and awesomely-balanced wine has the potential to age for two decades or more with good cellaring.’
- Montrachet Grand Cru 1992 - Wine Spectator - Aug 1994 - 95/100Builds on a solid base of flavors and adds layers as you drink it. Quite lively and exotic; has some inviting flavors of ginger, hazelnut, pear, coconut and pineapple. Ripe and full-bodied; delicious to drink now. 150 cases made.
- Montrachet Grand Cru 1990 - Wine Spectator - Oct 1993 - 96/100Packed to the brim with coconut, butterscotch, apple and pineapple character. Full-bodied, with amazing acidity and class. Try now. 600 cases made.
- 1989 Montrachet Grand Cru - Wine Spectator Online - James Suckling Uncorked - April 23rd, 2010 - 99 points:The Montrachet was mind-blowing. I love Louis Latour whites from this ripe and wonderful vintage. The wine started off with a dried pineapple, walnut, salty and Manzanilla aroma and a thick oily and decadent palate. But it seemed to get younger and younger as it opened and turned racy and fresh. It is a genie of a wine. 99 points, non-blind.
- Montrachet Grand Cru 1988 - Wine Spectator - Oct 1990 - 93/100One for the cellar. An extremely intense, focused, flavorful Montrachet, with pure apricot, pear and honey flavors tightly bound by acidity. This has great potential, but needs until 1993 to '96 to show its best stuff.
- Montrachet Grand Cru 1986 - Wine Spectator - Oct 1988 - 95/100Graceful and elegant, subtle and complex with sikly texture, beautiful balanced, crisp citric acidity, rich, concentrated pear, butter and spice flavors that gently unfold on the palate. Long lingering finish.