Taste the Legacy: 2015 Louis Latour, 'La Grande Roche', 1er Cru, Montagny, Burgundy, France
One of my favorite regions in France is Burgundy, which is home to Maison Louis Latour, a winery founded in 1797. It is now run by the seventh Louis Latour, who represents the 11th generation of the founding family. Today, Maison Louis Latour covers 50 hectares (123.553 acres), which includes the largest collection of grand cru vineyards in Burgundy.
The appellation and village of Montagny-located in the rolling hills of the Côte Chalonnaise-is a 100-percent white wine appellation dedicated to Chardonnay grapes. The average vine is 35 years old, and the soil is mostly composed of chalk and clay atop a limestone bedrock. The premier cru (1er Cru) vineyard of La Grande Roche sits high on the hillside and catches plenty of sunshine.
La Grande Roche is fermented and aged solely in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks and undergoes 100-percent malolactic fermentation. (Also known as malolactic conversion, or MLF, malolactic fermentation is a process in which tart-tasting malic acid, naturally present in grape must, is converted to softer-tasting lactic acid.)
To the eye, the wine is a lovely pale yellow, and the complex nose reveals exotic fruits and almonds with hints of brioche. In the mouth, it is ample with great minerality resting on bright citrus fruit. This wine pairs perfectly fish-and-chips, pan-seared trout or shrimp-and-grits.
You can find La Grande Roche at Matt's Fish Camp in Lewes and Bluecoast Seafood Grill + Raw Bar in Bethany Beach. We pour it by the glass at Catch 54 in Fenwick Island.