Waiting to release wine is the definition of ex-chateau wines (sometimes called “ex-cellar wines”) – wines in pristine condition. The wines of Latour need time to mature, generally at least ten or fifteen years, before they can be drunk. It is only then that the full complexity of the bouquet is expressed and the palate becomes sufficiently well integrated to be enjoyable and harmonious.
Colour: Deep garnet-brick colour
Aroma: The nose is well developed, displaying dried berry, leather, vanilla pod and anise notes with a faint whiff of potpourri.
Palate: Full-bodied and very structured. Wonderfully fleshy and opulent with velvety, approachable tannins and a long finish.
Grape Varieties: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot
Awards: 96pts – Wine Advocate-Parker; 94pts – Wine Spectator
History of Château Latour
Château Latour is one of Bordeaux’s – and the world’s – most famous wine producers. It is situated in the southeast corner of the Pauillac commune on the border of Saint-Julien, in the Médoc region. Rated as a First Growth in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification, it has become one of the most sought-after and expensive wine producers on the planet, and produces powerfully structured Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant wines capable of lasting many decades. Latour makes two other wines: Les Forts de Latour and Pauillac de Latour, both of which are made from younger vines.