Historically the owners of this area did not have to pay tax on the land, hence the name ‘Vignes Franches’ (‘free vines’). The Beaune Premier Cru “Vignes Franches” parcel, important part of Domaine Louis Latour, is found mid-slope. The clay soils are scattered with small pebbles which allows for easy drainage of water. Here we find the same opulence as in neighbouring Pommard as well as an extremely pleasant fruit-forwardness even when young. It is one of the best Premier Cru vineyards of Beaune, producing a wine that is capable of ageing to perfection for a considerable period of time.
Fermentation: Traditional in open vats
Ageing: 10 to 12 months ageing in oak barrels, 25% new
Barrels: Louis Latour cooperage, French oak, medium toasted
Tasting Note: The Beaune 1er Cru “Vignes Franches” 2015 has an elegant garnet colour. On the nose, it reveals aromas of black fruits and liquorice. The mouth is ample with notes of liquorice, spices and tobacco. Tannins are silky and enveloping. Beautiful and long lenght with a lot of freshness.
Food Pairing: Beef “Bourguignon” – duck breast – woodcock – Camembert – soft cheeses