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François Labet & Château de la Tour Burgundy 2017 & 2018

The Labet family has lived in Beaune for 300 years and has been making wine under their name since the 1980s. Francois Labet grew up in the family home, Bastion Notre Dame, in the center of Beaune. The bastion was built in 1637, during the Thirty Years War, and has been the family home since 1800. The domaine was named for Emile's son Pierre, and Francois honors his father by maintaining the name.

François has been responsible for both the Domaine du Château de la Tour in Vougeot and Domaine Pierre Labet for nearly 40 years. He 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.

The historic and prestigious Domaine of Chateau de La Tour, located in the hamlet of Vougeot in the Cote de Nuits, is the jewel in the crown for the Labet Family, with 15 Acres or 12% of the entire Grand Cru.  Farmed since 1100, the estate was founded in 1889, Francois Labet converted the vineyard to organic farming in 1990, a rarity within the Clos. Chateau de La Tour is the only winery in the Clos itself, and is undoubtedly amongst the top rated Clos-Vougeots.

“In my opinion, the kind of wines that we produce at the moment have no equivalent compared to past vintages,” Labet enthused. “We have the right viticulture, picking time and winemaking. Everything is now so controlled.” I concur. These wines conveyed much more purity and elegance than I expected. They did not seem so eager to impress or as hubristic as I found them previously. The result is that they articulate their respective terroirs with greater clarity. Even though the Domaine Pierre Labet wines do not occupy the most prestigious vineyards, they surpass their potential and represent great value."
— Neal Martin, Vinous

These are once again one of the vintage’s best examples from this much under appreciated appellation. 

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