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Pierre Labet

“Tremendous wines” from the family behind Château de La Tour

These fine Burgundies are grown and made by François and Edouard Labet—the pioneering winegrowers behind Château de La Tour in Clos de Vougeot. Under the Labets’ gifted and uncompromising stewardship, Château de La Tour has become recognised as one of the very top (you could argue the top) producers of Clos de Vougeot. Fortunately, one doesn’t have to pay Grand Cru prices to reap the benefits of this family’s undoubted talents and experience.

Already operating at a high level, the quality has stepped up further in recent vintages. Labet’s son Edouard has now entered the picture, bringing a revision of ideas and practices, and organic conversion in the vineyards. 

Alongside his ancient vines in Vougeot (the oldest in the clos), Labet also farms 10 hectares of vineyards in Beaune, Savigny-lès-Beaune, Chorey-lès-Beaune, Meursault and Gevrey-Chambertin. These vineyards are home to many old vines and are micro-managed according to the same exacting standards as Labet’s Grand Cru vines. François has an operational hub in Beaune, comprising a seven-person vineyard team, two permanent cellar hands, and two additional hands on deck during vinification. The wines are matured in the cellars of Château de La Tour.

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Domaine Pierre Labet Bourgogne Blanc Vieilles Vignes 2018

Domaine Pierre Labet Bourgogne Blanc Vieilles Vignes 2018

François and Edouard Labet’s Bourgogne Blanc comes from small parcels of 50+ year old vines in Beaune and Chorey-lès-Beaune. This is wonderfully perfumed and seductively textured with bright, fresh aromas, lovely creamy texture, stone-fruit, pear and nutty nuances, juicy freshness and lees-derived complexity. Only 20% of the oak is new.

“François Labet makes this very smart white wine cuvée with grapes from Chorey-lès-Beaune and Beaune itself, fermenting the result in 10% new 350-litre oak barrels. Showing a hint of subtle, stony reduction, this has lovely detail, focus and texture and finishes with a saline freshness.”
91 points, Tim Atkin, Decanter
Domaine Pierre Labet Bourgogne Blanc Vieilles Vignes 2018
Domaine Pierre Labet Bourgogne Blanc Vieilles Vignes 2021

Domaine Pierre Labet Bourgogne Blanc Vieilles Vignes 2021

François and Edouard Labet’s old-vine Bourgogne Blanc comes from small parcels of 50+-year-old vines in Beaune and Chorey-lès-Beaune. This is wonderfully vibrant, with citrus essential oil and grapefruit skin. Plenty of savoury character on the palate, with hints of candied orange and buttered toast. Refreshing yet rich, with plenty of texture for the year. Lots to like here. Only 10% of the oak is new.

Domaine Pierre Labet Bourgogne Blanc Vieilles Vignes 2021
Domaine Pierre Labet Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes Rouge 2021

Domaine Pierre Labet Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes Rouge 2021

Francois Labet’s whole-bunch philosophy fits this juicy, old-vine cuvée like a glove. The fruit comes from three well-positioned lieux-dits across a total of 0.6 hectares: La Justice (northeast), Les Crais (southeast) and Jouise (southwest, just below Mazis-Chambertin). The ‘vieilles vignes’ here denotes a cadre of vines well over 60 years of age. The plots were co-vinified. Crafted with 45% whole bunches and matured in 25% new oak barrels, it’s classically structured and shows terrific vitality, with a palate tapering to a concentrated, dark cherry finish bound by fine, mineral-laced tannins.

“Notes of sweet red berries, plums and spices preface the 2021 Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes, a medium to full-bodied, ample and fleshy wine that's supple, seamless and saline. Its fragrant, melting style is typical of the vintage.”
88-90 points, William Kelley, The Wine Advocate
“Fine mid purple. Some elegance to the nose, alongside the very evident whole bunch aspect. Dainty little fruits but well held together. Dark red fruit, sweet raspberry veering to strawberry, the right tannins all in balance and enough acidity. Drink from 2025-2030.”
89-91 points, Jasper Morris MW, Inside Burgundy
“Extra breadth of aroma – a little more depth and terroir to this mineral base. Really wide and incisive – mineral too – tots of complexity here – strong from the stems – a bit of the austerity of the Bourgogne – wait 3 years – it will be a fine fresh and intense wine.”
Bill Nanson, Burgundy Report
Domaine Pierre Labet Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes Rouge 2021

“François Labet, the owner, and manager of Chateau de la Tour, is, however, making tremendous wines from his other family estate, Domaine Pierre Labet, which has vineyard holdings scattered among Burgundy’s appellations. They should not be missed.” Steen Öhman, Winehog.com

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France

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Burgundy, Côte d’Or

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Winemakers: François & Edouard Labet

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