Maison Louis Latour
The Latour family are long established in Burgundy's wine trade. They began as vine growers in the village of Aloxe-Corton as early as 1760s and went on to establish today's business, Maison Louis Latour, in 1797. Today they are one of the region's most famous names creating wines from their own 50 hectare domaine in the Côte d'Or and from grapes and wines purchased through the negociant arm of the business. They also produce all their own barrels at their small traditional cooperage in Savigny-Lès-Beaune.
The company has been in family ownership for 11 generations and is now led by the 7th person to take the name Louis Latour. He is ably supported by head winemaker Jean Charles Thomas and domaine director Boris Champy.
The family has always drawn on its experience, built up over more than 220 years, and used this insight and long term view to innovate. Early examples include the first plantings of Chardonnay in Corton-Charlemagne following Phylloxera, development of international markets in the 1860s and the championing the wines from Mâcon-Lugny since 1956. More recent innovations include the adoption of industry leading sustainable viticultural practices since the 1990s, the purchase of Chablis producer Simonnet-Febvre in 2003 and then that of Beaujolais producer Henry Fessy in 2008.