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Domaine Louis Latour covers 48 hectares of vineyard, including 27 hectares of Grand Cru, and is the largest landholder of Grand Cru vineyards in Burgundy. The domaine is centred in the village of Aloxe-Corton which has been the Latour’s family home since the creation of the house. Chablis is an isolated island of vineyards in the northern section of viticultural Burgundy.
La Chanfleure is an old word used synonymously with ‘tâte-vin’. It is actually the pipette used by the cellarmen to take some wine from the barrel to taste it during the vinification. The 2014 Maison Louis Latour Chablis ‘La Chanfleure’ is the ultimate expression of what the Chardonnay grape is capable of on the region’s famous Kimmeridgian limestone slopes.
This is an elegant and wonderful introduction to Chablis, but complex enough to intrigue even advanced sommeliers. Expressive of the refined Kimmeridgian limestone soil from which it originates. Spirited and bright with acidity. Fresh lemon, warm and muscular mid palate with a saline finish. Rather flexible as long as you don’t overdo it with heavier proteins. Shellfish, seafood, salads, charcuterie and cheeses pair extremely well.
The 2012 Bolla Torr'alta Veronese Rosso originally featured in the Gold and Platinum Club packages in Kansas City during our first month, November 2018.
The vineyards of Bolla's Torr'alta reside within the famous and ancient winemaking province of Verona, Italy. They feature a soil composition of stone, calcareous clay, and basalt outcroppings, giving range and complexity to the vines and the resulting wine. The grape varietals of Corvina and Rondinella, featured alongside Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in this red blend, are lesser known outside the Veneto, but much loved by those natives who know them best. Corvina is known for its tart, cherry flavor. Rondinella is known for its rich ruby color and gentle, red berry aromas.
Torr'alta is made utilizing the traditional 'appassimento' style, meaning the grapes are laid to rest, typically on straw mats, and dried before pressing into wine. The thicker peel of indigenous grapes in Veneto allows for this long and slow drying process, preserving the characteristics of the grapes. Thought to have its origins in Roman times, the Appassimento leads to a higher concentration of the juice inside the berries, which then gives to the wine more body and structure.
This wine shows deep cherry flavors that are smooth and balanced on the palate with soft, velvety tannins. It pairs splendidly with soft and hard cheeses, pastas, and roasted and grilled meats.
To learn more, visit bolla.com/winery.
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