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François Labet: a taste of iconic and affordable Burgundian wines
by L.M. Archer
LM Archer travels to Beaune to meet François Labet, one of the pioneers of organic viticulture in Burgundy, and the largest producer of Clos Vougeot Grand Cru. His two estates, Domaine Pierre Labet and Château de La Tour, are not just about making premium, iconic wines, however, his outstanding value Vielles Vignes Pinot Noir outsells the nearest other red Burgundy that Bidendum sells, by three to one. Archer hears first-hand about Labet’s minimalist approach to both viticulture and winemaking and samples a range of his wines, including the Corsican Pinot that he makes under his own name.
“Burgundy wines have never been better,” Labet concludes, “Not only producing gems, but also everyday wines. All across the region, you will find something that will please you.”
Despite a pandemic and trade tariffs, Burgundy wines still command top billing, as the recent, record-breaking 160th Hospices de Beaune wine auction illustrates. Results speak for themselves – the event garnered its second-highest sales ever, totaling £13,043,220 /$17,343,183.
Rarity, combined with incomparable quality, contribute to Burgundy’s iconic status. But Burgundy (or ‘Bourgogne’ to the locals) also offers many regional and village-level values. François Labet of famed Château de La Tour stands out as one such producer offering Bourgogne wines at all levels.
“What makes the price of a wine is, of course, its availability, and the demand,” says Labet. “In Burgundy, there’s a strong relation between price and quality.” READ MORE HERE.
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