Lake Bluff, Ill – Feb. 1, 2016 – Terlato Wines today announced it will import the wines of Château de La Tour and the Labet family, one of the world’s most renowned and respected Burgundian Domaines.
Château de La Tour was established by the ancestors of the current owners in the late 1800s, and under their careful direction they became known for crafting wines of elegance, intensity and perfume. Their wines have often been referenced as impressive and iconic expressions of Clos-Vougeot in the Côte de Nuits. The Labet and Déchelette families own important parcels of the Clos-Vougeot Grand Cru most of which are home to very old vines, and they have the unique privilege of being the sole producer to have their winery within the Clos itself. With 15 acres, Château de La Tour also is the largest holder within Clos Vougeot.
Today the ownership of the Château and its vineyards remains in the control of the same families, and the farming and winemaking are in the thoughtful and capable hands of François Labet. François also is one of the region's most important figures, President of Union des Grands Crus, producing both the wines of Château de La Tour and Domaine Pierre Labet, making great use of the Château’s winery and cellar.
The wines of Château de La Tour are highly sought after by fine wine lovers and collectors the world over. François is deeply committed to terroir. “I was born in this Château in the heart of Clos Vougeot and my purpose is to bring alive all that this vineyard has to offer,” said François Labet. “My inspiration comes from the history of this place, and as a result, my wines are not swayed by that which is fashionable.”
“We are fortunate and honored to represent the Labet and Déchelette families and Château de La Tour and Domaine Pierre Labet wines in the U.S.” said John Terlato, Vice Chairman of Terlato Wines. “Both our families are wine families, believing in quality without compromise, and François brings these ideals to life in his wines. This relationship and these wines are a great fit for us, as it supports our focal points – which are to represent multi-generational, renowned family-owned wineries who possess a long term and quality-centric vision and who approach their relationships with integrity.”
“I am thrilled about our collaboration with the Terlato family and am very much looking forward to having them represent Château de La Tour and Domaine Pierre Labet in the United States,” added François Labet. “The Terlato family understands fine wine and winemaking, which is an important aspect for me, especially when working with Burgundy. They also deeply understand family businesses and longevity. Their experience and successes in all of these areas coupled with their skill in managing and marketing high-end luxury and image wines, gives me comfort and confidence that we are in the right hands and will be well cared for by the Terlato family.”
Owned and operated by the Terlato family for four generations, Terlato Wines has built an acclaimed portfolio of wines from world class wine- and spirits-producing families from around the world, and has a leadership position in the U.S. luxury wine category. These families, like the Terlatos, are focused on quality, and they represent 34 families from more than 15 countries and over 70 brands.
The Terlato Wines portfolio of brands includes: Napa Valley: Chimney Rock, EPISODE, Galaxy, Jack Nicklaus Wines, Luke Donald Collection, Markham Vineyards, Rutherford Hill, Tangley Oaks, Terlato Vineyards; Sonoma County: Giarrusso, Hanna, Rochioli, The Federalist, Terlato Vineyards; Santa Barbara County: Flor de Campo, Sanford; Santa Cruz: David Bruce; California Appellation: Glass Mountain, Greystone Cellars, Jack’s House; Mike Ditka Wines, Seven Daughters; Washington State: Grace Lane; Argentina: Cuarto Dominio, Tamari; Australia: Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier, Lucky Country, Twelftree, Two Hands; Austria: Kracher; Canada: Peller Estates; Chile: Lapostolle; France: Belleruche by M. Chapoutier, Champagne Duval-Leroy, Chapoutier, Château de La Tour, Château de Sancerre, Château Timberlay, Domaine Drouhin-Laroze, Domaine Pierre Labet, Domaine Ramonet, Domaine Georges Roumier, Château de Meursault, Château de Marsannay, MARIUS, Mischief & Mayhem; PIPER-HEIDSIECK; Greece: Boutari, Elios; Italy: Anselmi, Berlucchi, Ca’Marcanda (GAJA Toscana), Cecchi, Colavita, Cusumano, Epsilon, Fizz 56, GAJA, Goretti, Il Poggione, Mazzoni (Toscana), Nino Franco; Terlato Vineyards; Japan: Shimizu-no-mai Sake; New Zealand: Loveblock, Turning Heads, Wairau River; Portugal: M. Chapoutier; South Africa: Anthonij Rupert, Durbanville Hills, Ernie Els, Guardian Peak, Nederburg, Plaisir de Merle, Protea, Rust en Vrede; Two Oceans; Spain: Bodegas Valdemar, Marco Abella. Artisan Spirits: Adelphi Selections Scotch, Amarula Cream Liqueur, Angostura Rum and Amaro, Bain’s Cape Mountain South African Whisky, Bisquit Cognac, Bunnahabhain Scotch Whisky, Deanston Scotch Whisky, Don Pancho Origenes Rum, Distillatorio Nonino Amaro and Grappa, Gordon Graham’s Black Bottle Blended Whisky, Heartland Prohibition Gin, Langley’s No. 8 Gin; Ledaig Scotch Whisky, Marnier XO Cognac, Riazul Tequila, Scottish Leader Scotch Whisky, Tigre Blanc Vodka, Tiramisu Liqueur, and Tobermory Scotch Whisky.