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François Labet & Château de la Tour Burgundy 2019

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.

"Vintage 2019 presented a fascinating tasting with father Francois Labet and son Edouard, who are together pushing Domaine Pierre Labet and the Chateau de la Tour to new qualitative heights. Organic and now biodynamic farming in the vineyards, vinification with – in red – appreciable percentages of whole clusters in the winey and long elevage in the cellars are the order of the day. Perfumed, seamless and concentrated, the 2019s are immensely promising."
— Robert Parker

"François Labet told me that 2019 was "yet again a very hot and dry vintage that gave us excellent results. We did have some vines that suffered hydric stress, particularly in Gevrey, but other than that we didn't really have any significant problems. Perhaps the biggest issue, which isn't something that anyone can do anything about, is that the flowering didn't go particularly well. This, more than any other factor, accounted for the generally lower yields that we had in 2019 relative to 2018, which is to say that we realized about 30 hl/ha in 2019 versus 35 to 38 hl/ha in 2018. I began picking on the 12th of September in the Côte de Beaune pinot [sold under the Labet label for which the reviews will appear in Issues 82 and 83]. We chose to begin picking the Clos on the 16th of September and picked slowly as the conditions were warm but largely ideal. The fruit was very clean and ripe, though not too ripe as nothing came in above 14.1%. We did the vinification using zero sulfur and on average about 70% whole clusters while vinifying very softly as it was clear from the outset there was a high degree of extractability. As to the wines, they are rich, flattering and have dense but fine and pliant tannins that allows them to be enjoyed already. Moreover, they have excellent terroir transparency and overall, 2019 is a vintage that should be extremely popular, both with wine lovers and hard-core Burgundy lovers."
— Burghound

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