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.
Region: Côte de Beaune
Appellation: Beaune Premier Cru
Grape variety: Pinot Noir
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: Our Beaune 1er Cru ” Vignes Franches” has an intense ruby, cherry red colour and tight, concentrated aromas of sweet black cherry and raspberry fruit, chocolate, spice and black pepper. Medium bodied, the palate offers a restrained elegance and power with succulent, round tannins and is a wine with a long silky finish. Attractive youthful fruit with great promise for the mid-term. A wine not to miss!
Food Pairing: Beef “Bourguignon” – duck breast – woodcock – Camembert – soft cheeses