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François Labet & Château de la Tour Burgundy 2017

François Labet has been responsible for both the Domaine du Château de la Tour in Vougeot and Domaine Pierre Labet since 1984. The Labet family come from Beaune – for at least the last 500 years anyway – indeed François’ grandfather was one-time mayor of Beaune. François cultivates his vineyards, whether they are in the Clos de Vougeot or the Beaune domaine in exactly the same way and in the same place – the cuverie is in the Clos de Vougeot. Since 1992 they have been fully organic & every vineyard Biodynamic since 2015.

"François Labet told me that 2017 was "much easier to manage than was 2016 but even so, there was one similarity in that we were very worried about the possibility of a repeat of the April frost damage. I even went to the expense, along with Etienne Grivot and Jean-Nicolas Méo, of reserving a helicopter that could circle over our vines to move the cold air so it couldn't form ice crystals on the tender leaves. In the end though, the vines suffered no damage because while it was cool enough to cause damage, there wasn't the same level of humidity. Otherwise the growing season was pretty tranquil and without further incidents of note. I began picking my chardonnay on the 6th of September and picked both my Côte de Beaune pinot and the Clos de Vougeot between the 9th and the 17th. Not surprisingly, yields were much better than in 2016 at <38 hl/ha across all my appellations with thinner than average skins but with good sugars and reasonable acidities. We used 100% whole clusters in the vinifications which were accomplished with no sulfur additions as the fruit was spotless so why add something that you don't need? Overall, 2017 is a very good to perhaps even excellent vintage."
— Burghound

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