The house of Laboure-Roi dates back to 1832, when it was founded in the town of Nuits Saint-Georges by M. Laboure and M. Roi. Twenty-two years earlier Monsieur Claude-Joseph Bonnet established what was to become a thriving silk company in the city of Lyon. In 1974 these two diverse interests came together, when Louis and Armand Cottin, direct descendants of M. Bonnet, purchased Labour-Roi from Robert Jeanniard, himself a direct descendant of MM. Laboure and Roi.
The symbol of Laboure-Roi is the fleur-de-lys, the emblem of the French king Louis VII, who was renowned for his honour and chivalry. The wines of Burgundy were made famous by the church, which built monasteries attached to the best vineyards, which they enclosed with stone walls.
Located in Nuits-Saint-Georges, the Labouré-Roi wine making facility is technically advanced and with a cellaring capacity of 1300 barrels, supplements the house's impressive 12th and 17th century cellars.
The Bourgogne-Blanc Appellation stretches across the entire Burgundy region from Chablis to Macon. Although there are still very small parcels of Pinot Blanc and Pinot Beurot planted in the Cote d'Or, the wines are virtually all made from the Chardonnay grape. The majority of these wines come from the Cote d'Or and the Cote-Chalonnaise. For this "Maximum" white Burgundy, Armand Cottin, the owner of Laboure-Roi has left no stone unturned in his quest to create a Bourgogne Blanc that reflects the exceptional quality and style identified with this world-famous wine region.
The grapes are hand harvested, lightly pressed and the juice cooled and left to settle in stainless steel tanks before the alcoholic fermentation begins under strictly controlled temperatures to ensure proper extraction of fruit and flavour. "Maximum" Bourgogne Blanc is then matured at least six months in French oak barrels.
Bourgogne Chardonnay takes its specific character from where the grapes are grown and how they are vinified. "Maximum" arises from a judicious blend: the Chardonnay grapes from Meursault, with the sensual delight characteristic of its rich soil and long exposure to the sun, are balanced by the slightly syrupy Chardonnay from Beaune and Chassagne that forms this nicely structured blend. The ageing in French oak barrels gives the wine subtle accents of vanilla and toast.
Pale yellow in colour heightened by golden glints, toasted hazelnut bouquet, dried fig and dried, candied fruit. The palate is round and unctuous with flavours of vanilla and toast.
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