A.O.C. Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
Château Latour needs no introduction – a world famous brand whose label commands huge respect and often price tags to match. But there is more to this great first growth than its hugely marketable name and label.
Latour is probably the most consistent of the Médoc’s first growths in terms of quality. Even in tough Bordeaux vintages it manages to create wines that put many of its Bordeaux neighbours in the shade, and in doing so has justly earned its reputation among many critics as being one of the Médoc’s finest wines.
“The nose is quite perplexing at first, perhaps because one notices how decayed the fruit is. But the secondary characteristics that gradually show their faces more than compensate: leather, dried herbs, pencil box and hot roof tiles. Opens beautifully with time, developing a scent of wild mint after 30 minutes. The palate is full-bodied, firm tannins, powerful but decaying black fruits with leather, graphite and tobacco. A “burly” but affable Latour that embraces some Pomerol characteristics, but suffuses them subtly rather than allowing them to dominate. Gorgeous.” eRobertParker.com (Nov 2009)
Optimum Drinking Period: 2016-2035
Robert Parker: 98
Wine Spectator: 100
Stephen Tanzer: 98