The Latours have been viticulteurs in Burgundy since the 17th century, slowly building up a unique domaine of 125 acres. Maison Louis Latour currently has the largest Grand Cru property in all of the Côte d’Or with a total of 71.58 acres. The vineyards extend from Chambertin in the north to Chevalier-Montrachet in the south and are solely planted with the two noble grape varieties: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
All of the grapes from the vineyards Latour owns are vinified and aged in the attractive cuverie of Château Corton Grancey in Aloxe-Corton. The winery was the first purpose-built cuverie in France and remains the oldest still-functioning. A unique rail-way system with elevators allows the entire wine-making process to be achieved by the use of gravity. This eliminates the threat of oxidation from unnecessary pumping of the must. Since 1985 Louis Latour has been selling the wines of its own vineyards under the name Domaine Louis Latour.
The Latour family founded the ‘Maison de négoce’, an important shipping company, in 1797 which is still based at 18 Rue des Tonneliers in Beaune. The company is unique in Burgundy in that it is still to this day family-owned and family-run, having been passed down from father to son for over ten generations.
In 1997 to celebrate its Bicentenary, Louis Latour published a commemorative book and were admitted into the exclusive club of the Hénokiens. This club only admits companies that are leaders in their respective fields, remain family owned, have a history of 200 years’ experience and still bear the name of the founder. There are only approximately 30 of these companies in the world. To this day Maison Louis Latour ships its wines to over 60 different countries worldwide. These world-class Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs can be found on some of the most famous dining tables around the globe.