2000 Domaine Louis Latour Chambertin Grand Cru 'Cuvee Heritiers Latour'
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $109.94 (reg. $184.94)
“No wine is more symbolic of Burgundy than Chambertin. It connotes capillary-bursting pleasure, the red wine of red wines…" - Matt Kramer, Making Sense of Burgundy
The Latour family may have spent the past century acquiring an enviable portfolio of Burgundy crus, but their little slice of the Chambertin grand cru has been the crown jewel since the 1800s. ‘Cuvee Heritiers’ pays homage to their family history in Chambertin, with a gloriously ethereal and complex profile that for the 2000 vintage is now perfectly matured. Sandwiched between 1999 and 2001, which were ripe and structured vintages respectively, 2000 was passed over, and for many village and even some 1er cru wines the treatment was well deserved. But in Burgundy the land is key, and only in hindsight do we see the pedigree of grand cru Chambertin from 2000.
Vinous remarked on this very phenomenon, writing that the best wines “have lasted surprisingly well” and indeed Chambertin, with its typically “firm, full and austere” profile (Clive Coates), had the advantage in 2000, which was known for softer, lighter wines. Even in these less structured vintages a great Chambertin needs more than a decade to soften up, and the ‘Cuvee Heritiers’ is just now arriving at that beautiful place, showing dried flowers, porcini, and spiced fruits lifting off what is a remarkably elegant and lively frame. This is as graceful a Chambertin as you’ll find, and drinking at its peak today.
For only half the price of the current releases, the 2000 Louis Latour Chambertin is a beauty, and only 100 or so cases were made! For grand cru level Burgundy that is ready to go today, you cannot miss this. Cheers!