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Louis-Fabrice Latour: Obituary – Decanter


Latour was the eleventh era of his household to steer Maison Louis Latour (and the seventh named Louis Latour).

The home of Latour was formally based in 1797, though the roots return to the primary vineyards bought in 1731 by Denis Latour. The Latour household initially labored as coopers, and Denis’ son Jean moved to Aloxe-Corton to arrange an unbiased cooperage and later to discovered Maison Louis Latour, naming the enterprise after his son. The home of Latour stays carefully related to the hill of Corton, the place it personal over 26 hectares of grand cru vineyards along with its premier cru and village holdings. In complete the maison owns 48 hectares of vines in Burgundy in addition to domaines within the Ardèche, the Var, Chablis, Beaujolais, and the Coteaux Bourguignons.

Louis-Fabrice was born in Beaune in 1964. He took his diploma in political science from the distinguished Sciences Po in Paris in 1985 and labored briefly in finance with BNP Paribas earlier than returning to the household domaine in 1989. He married his spouse Patricia in 1995 and in 1999 assumed path of the household agency. In 2003 he led Latour to ISO 14001 certification and in the identical yr bought the home of Simonnet-Febvre in Chablis. This acquisition was adopted by Beaujolais producer Henry Fessy in 2008, and the launch of the ‘Pierres Dorées’ winery for Pinot Noir in Coteaux Bourguignons exterior of Lyon. Nevertheless, his devotion to the hill of Corton was a continuing, and in Might of this yr his assist made potential the restauration of the well-known ‘Cross of Charlemagne’ on the Corton Hill.

Latour gave himself ceaselessly to the broader reason behind Burgundy wine. From 2003 to 2014 he was the president of the Federation of Burgundy Négociants (FNEB); from 2011 to 2014 he was the president of the Federation of Wine and Spirit Exporters (FEVS), and from 2013 to 2021 he was the president of the Bureau Interprofessionnel des Vins de Bourgogne (BIVB).

Latour’s co-president of the BIVB from 2015 to 2021 was François Labet, who remembered him fondly, remarking: ‘We labored in a “cool” and on the identical time very skilled approach, with a single objective: the curiosity of Burgundy wines, the usual of which we each defend.’

Latour was a recipient of the Légion d’Honneur in 2011. Though his passing was not surprising, everybody hoped for a remission till the very finish. His memorial is scheduled for this Friday on the Basilica de Notre-Dame de Beaune. Latour is survived by his spouse Patricia, their 4 kids and his three siblings.


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