Just after I finished reporting on the death of Etienne Hugel, I have the unpleasant task of reporting that another icon of French wines, has passed. Louis Latour lived 83 great years and was responsible for making the Maison Louis Latour one of the great names of Burgundian wines.
Latour acted as a winemaker and negociant, that unique French position, where someone buys the wies from different winemakers and is then responsible for its sales. In fact this is the way many wines in Burgundy are sold, through the services of a negociant.
His son Louis Fabrice called his father ‘one of the Grands Monsieurs’ in the Burgundian world of wine. He is credited with stabilizing the family winery during periods of great upheaval: two devastating world wars, the Great Depression and familial succession issues. In fact when some family members left the family business and removed acres of vineyards from the Latour holdings, he used that unfortunate moment to expand the negociant business.
Latour was buried April 9 in the family plot of Aloxe Corton near his winery, Clos Chameroy.
We fondly recall our several visits to Maison Latour which featured the multi colored tiles of the Ducs of Burgundy.