Louis Latour Chardonnay 750ml
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Chardonnay is a white wine grape variety with green skin that is utilized in the manufacture of white wine. The grape variety was developed in the Burgundy wine area of eastern France, but it is now planted all over the world, from England to New Zealand, where wine is made. Growing Chardonnay is seen as a "rite of passage" and an easy way to get into the worldwide wine market for new and expanding wine areas.
The Chardonnay grape itself is flavorless, with many of the notes that are popularly associated with the wine acquired from factors such as terroir and oak aging. It is vinified in a variety of styles, ranging from the lean, crisply mineral wines of Chablis, France, to the oaky, tropical fruit-flavored wines of the New World. With a medium to light body, prominent acidity, and flavors of green plum, apple, and pear, Chardonnay wines produced in chilly regions (such as Chablis and the Carneros AVA of California) tend to be medium to light in body with obvious acidity and notes of green plum, apple, and pear. Temperature-dependent flavors (such as those found in the Adelaide Hills and Mornington Peninsula in Australia, as well as the Gisborne and Marlborough region of New Zealand) become more prominent in warmer climates, while in extremely warm climates (such as the Central Coast AVA of California), fig and tropical fruit notes such as banana and mango become more prominent. Wines that have undergone malolactic fermentation feature softer acidity and fruit aromas, as well as a buttery texture and hints of hazelnut.
Chardonnay is a key component of numerous sparkling wines across the world, notably Champagne and Franciacorta in Italy, which are both made from the grape.
The popularity of Chardonnay reached its zenith in the late 1980s, only to be followed by a backlash among wine aficionados who considered the grape as a major negative component of the globalization of wine. With 210,000 hectares (520,000 acres) of land under cultivation globally, it is the second most extensively planted white wine grape variety after Airén, and the fifth most extensively planted of all wine grape kinds.
Chardonnay is a versatile grape that can be used to produce practically every type of wine, from dry still wines to sparkling wines to sweet late harvest wines and even botrytized wines (though its susceptibility to other less favorable rot makes these wines rarer). The usage of malolactic fermentation and the amount of oak influence utilized in the production of a Chardonnay wine are the two winemaking decisions that have the most impact on the ultimate outcome of a Chardonnay wine. Malolactic fermentation (also known as MLF) occurs when the harsher malic acid is changed into the softer lactic acid and diacetyl, which results in the characteristic ""buttery-ness"" associated with particular Chardonnay varietals. The wines that do not go through MLF will have more green (unripe) apple tastes than those that do go through MLF. Oak can be incorporated during the fermentation process or after the fermentation process in the form of barrel aging. Depending on the quantity of charring that was applied to the wood, this might impart a "tastiness" and tastes to the wine that many wine consumers mistake for characteristics of the grape variety itself. Caramel, cream, smoke, spice, coconut, cinnamon, cloves, and vanilla are just a few of the tastes that may be found.
About the Producer: Louis Latour
Louis Latour (also known as Domaine Louis Latour) is a large non-state wine producer in Burgundy. Most of the wine portfolio is made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wine grapes. Founded in 1797, the company remains family-owned today. The domain has the largest Grand Cru vineyards among all Burgundy producers. With a vineyard area of approximately 48 hectares (118 acres), the company has extensive properties throughout Burgundy, as well as in southern France in the Ardèche and Var regions. The Latour family has been growing grapes as far back as the 17th century in Alox Cortona. They acquired 125 acres (50 hectares), and in 1834 the Corton Grancey winery was built. It was built on five levels to produce wines using gravity flow, the first of its kind in France. Although most of Louis Latour's vineyards are located in Alox Cortona (of which 26 acres are in the Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru vineyard), the company also produces wines in several other Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards, including Le Montrachet and Romanée. -Saint Vivant. A wide variety of Louis Latour wines are made based on the terroir of each region and vineyard plot. The red wines are fermented in French oak vats and aged in barrels for up to 12 months, while Chardonnay fermentation is carried out in stainless steel before aging in oak. In 1979, Louis Latour acquired lots on the Ardèche River in south-central France in order to produce Viognier and Chardonnay at a more affordable price. The same was done with Pinot Noir in the Var region of southeastern France. Louis Latour is sold in many countries around the world and is one of Burgundy's most famous producers. In 1997, the company was admitted to the Hénokiens club, exclusive to companies that continue to be familiar, have existed for over 200 years and still bear the name of the founder.
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