Dominik Mueller

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2020 Louis Latour Bourgogne Blanc

Tasting note

2020 Louis Latour Bourgogne Blanc

In eager anticipation of our upcoming Burgundy trip, I couldn’t wait and decided to “warm up” by opening a bottle of Chardonnay from my cellar. I picked a rather down-to-earth representation, the 2020 Bourgogne Blanc by Maison Louis Latour, one of the bigger players in the region.

The vintage 2020 closed out the 2018-20 trio of hot years in Europe. However, unlike 2019, temperatures didn’t go extreme for the most part. There were some cool nights and there was enough rainfall to produce healthy and juicy grapes by picking season. I’m not so sure the grapes for this wine were picked at the right time though. While the official vintage report by Louis Latour states they started harvesting on 19 August already, I still get plenty of ripe aromas, slightly on the flabby side.

On the smell, I get a floral and buttery impression. This dominates the stony minerality and freshness that I would have preferred, although there are hints of lemon alongside the riper fruit notes of apricot and white fruits.

In the mouth, everything is “medium”, it seems. It is positive that the wine is not too broad-shouldered, which could happen in a warm year like 2020. On the other hand, the flavours are a bit short-lived, making this Bourgogne Blanc seem watered down. I know this is an entry-level wine. Still, I would have expected just a little more profile from a well-known Grand Cru producer like Maison Louis Latour.

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Tasted by Dominik Müller on Monday, 2 October 2023.

Ratings

Flawed?no
DM:
85Wines that have a DM84 to DM86 rating are average on a fine wine level. That means the wines have been produced well, they have no apparent flaws or big imbalances that would put me off. On the other hand, they lack features that make them stand out in a positive way, such as a complex flavour profile or a very elegant tannin structure. Put differently, if offered a glass, I will gladly drink it. I might even have another one. Would I buy a bottle from this category for my own cellar? I might, yes. For example, wines with a DM84 to DM86 rating are usually not too demanding, so they can be a good fit for guests who are beginners to fine wine or very casual drinkers. In the WSET world, wines with a DM85 rating tend to be at the lower end of a 1.5 WSET score.
/ 100
WSET:
1.5Wines with a 1.5 WSET rating are in between 'average' and 'good' in the WSET scoring system, where we consider balance (B), intensity (I), length (L) and complexity (C). In terms of my personal rating system, wines with a WSET score of 1.5 usually get around 85 to 86 DM points.
/ 4.0
Stars:
2Wines with a rating of 2 stars are well-made and of average quality relative to their peer group. Perfectly enjoyable and certainly not disappointing.

Jasper Morris of InsideBurgundy.com inspired me to use his 'Five Star Scale' in my tasting notes, too. The limitation of the standard 100-point scale is that in certain appellation hierarchies, such as Burgundy village versus premier cru, the lower-end wines will typically score less than the wines higher up the hierarchy. The five star scale therefore wants to compare a wine to its peers from the same category. It allows for very well-made wines to stand out.
/ 5

Wine details

Vintage: 2020
Colour:white
Style:still (dry)
Assemblage:no
Grape variety:Chardonnay
For assemblages, the main grape variety is shown.
Producer:Louis Latour
Country:France
Region:Burgundy
Subregion:n/a
Appellation:Bourgogne AOC
Vineyard:n/a
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