Despite the heavy rain in September, the wines were very richly coloured and classy, showing great power and a beautiful liveliness, with a pronounced expression of Cabernet. The fruit is less exuberant, but the “Latour” character is very present. A wine that will benefit from very long ageing and that will require a long time in the bottle before showing a more integrated structure.
Colour: Deep ruby-purple
Nose: Straight up classic Latour graphite, lead pencil and minerality all balanced by terrific cassis and blackcurrant fruit. (JD)
Palate: With medium to full-bodied richness, present, yet silky tannin, impeccable balance and a great finish, it’s terrific today and I suspect on the early edge of a long drinking plateau. (JD)
Grape Varieties: 91.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7.5% Merlot, 0.5% Cabernet Franc and 0.5% Petit Verdot
Awards: 97pts – Decanter; 96pts – Wine Enthusiast; 96pts – Jeb Dunnuck; 95pts – Wine Advocate-Parker; 95pts – 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.