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    Latour

    About Château Latour

    Latour has, in many ways, always been the most forward-thinking and disruptive First Growth, ever since its original rise to prominence under the Ségur family in the 18th century. Its decision not to participate in En Primeur had a rippling effect throughout the fine wine world, and whilst it has not precipitated a broader move away from the system by other estates, the vast majority of Bordelais properties have certainly reduced the amount of their wine offered in this way choosing to hold back stock to be released upon maturity. A sign of Latour's influence upon the entire region.

     

    The Vineyard and the Wine

    There is an ancient Médoc saying - to make great wine, you must be able to see the water. No other First Growth is closer to the Gironde's estuary than this imposing estate, contributing to simply extraordinary terroir which means that Latour has an enviable (and uncanny) ability to produce outstanding wine in difficult years. In favourable years, the vineyard soaks up extra heat reflected from the water's surface. In unpleasant years, the property is protected from extremes by the moderating effect of the estuary's regulatory benefits.


    This dream terroir allows the winemaking team to focus on a variety of aspects of viticulture safe in the knowledge that nature will see them through the worst - and focus they have! Ever the pioneers, Latour was one of the first châteaux to introduce cutting-edge processes such as satellite imaging of distinct plots, sensors assessing vine vigour and even wind-direction monitoring before the application of fully biodynamic treatments.

     

    Château Latour has a distinctly high proportion of clay in the soil throughout its vineyard. Whilst unusual for Pauillac, it is, in fact, the very same clay upon which the vines of Château Pétrus are planted in Pomerol. Obviously found in far smaller quantities and dominated by glorious Left Bank gravel, the result of this composition is a wine of unfathomable texture, richness, concentration and spine-tingling freshness - for which Latour garnered the epithet "an iron fist in a velvet glove".

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    8 Products

    Prices: In Bond Inc. VAT
    Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
    Latour 2003 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £5,526.47
    2003

    Latour 2003 (6x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (100)

    2003 was one of the hottest, earliest Bordeaux vintages ever. Some vines suffered from lack of moisture, but old vines and clay subsoil at Enclos saw this vineyard through. The Merlot harvest occurred between September 8 and 13, and the Cabernet Sauvignon was picked between September 22 and 30. The 2003 Latour is a blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot. Six percent of the press wine was added to the final blend. It has a medium to deep garnet-purple color, then wow—it explodes from the glass with bombastic black and blue fruits, followed up by meat, wood smoke, sandalwood and Indian spice accents with underlying floral wafts. The palate is full, rich, velvety, seductive and very long on the finish. There were only 10,800 cases made (rather than the normal 15,000-20,000).
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 100.0 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £5,526.47
    Latour 2009 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £9,439.07
    2009

    Latour 2009 (6x75cl)

    Jane Anson Inside Bordeaux (100)

    Classic Pauillac power and finesse, packed with brambled fruits, hedgerow earthiness, exuberant while being controlled and carefully delivered. This has shoulders and backbone, and is impossible to ignore. Still in its primary phase so zero need to rush, but you are going to get more joy from this 2009 than you will with the 2010 vintage for at least the next five years. Penelope Godefroy vineyard director at the time, 100% new oak. Although they had not begun conversion at this point, things were moving in that direction - horses had been reintroduced within the vineyard as of 2008, and all chemical weedkillers had been stopped in the 1990s. The first biodynamic experiments took place in this vintage, but just over 3ha of vines. Still being sold En Primeur at the time, so relatively widely available.
    Release from Chateau Latour in 2020 In Stock in France

    Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 100.0 (JA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £9,439.07
    Latour 2010 (6x75cl)

    £6,800 - £8,160

    2010

    Latour 2010 (6x75cl)

    Vinous - Neal Martin (100)

    The 2010 Latour can be summed up in two words: “The king.” It convincingly asserts its superiority over other 2010s, including First Growths, in terms of its aromatic complexity, precision, balance, intensity, complexity and persistence. Simply a faultless Latour that ranks among its greatest achievements. Tasted from an ex-château bottle at the BI Wines & Spirits 10-Year On tasting.

    Bordeaux 6x75cl - 100.0 (VN (NM)) Read Review/Description

    £6,800 - £8,160

    If a product is only available on pre-order then the suggested prices are to be used as a guide, and are based on release prices from previous years. The final release price will be confirmed later
    Latour 2012 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £3,049.07
    2012

    Latour 2012 (6x75cl)

    Decanter (97)

    This will be by far the biggest release since Latour brought in the new system, as the 2012 has not been on the market before. It's a good one to start with as this is a vintage where the drinking window is starting to come into view. This is pure liquorice, graphite and profoundly dark fruits, gourmet brushed damson and crushed stones, with a silky, appealingly open texture. The tannins are as bracing as you hope for from this estate, not giving an inch yet, but there is air between them and the structure is starting to loosen up. Harvest from September 24 to October 16, under rainy conditions after a super hot summer and early September that ensured the grapes stayed in good condition, but turned the concentration from impenetrable to an altogether more approachable style.
    In Stock in France

    Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 97.0 (DC) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £3,049.07
    Latour 2014 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £3,334.98
    2014

    Latour 2014 (6x75cl)

    James Suckling (99)

    So much violets, licorice, pencil, flowers and currants define this on the nose before it moves to fresh mushrooms. It’s full-bodied yet compacted with tension and a compressed center palate. Incredible, fine-grained tannins and energy. The length is truly great. Should be even more beautiful in 2024. Give it time.
    1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 99.0 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £3,334.98
    Les Forts de Latour 2010 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £2,071.07
    2010

    Les Forts de Latour 2010 (6x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (97)

    2010 was a very dry vintage of exceptional quality, producing incredibly structured and complex wines that are a little formidable when young but should age incredibly. Deep garnet-purple colored, the nose of the 2010 Les Forts de Latour is broody with subtle notes of licorice, tar, crushed black berries and plums with hints of spice cake and hoisin. Full-bodied, firm and grainy with an impenetrable core of muscular fruit, it finishes with fantastic persistence. Give it 5-7 years at least, and then it may well outlive the 1970 Les Forts that I recently tasted with Latour's CEO, Frédéric Engerer!
    In Stock in France

    Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 97.0 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £2,071.07
    Les Forts de Latour 2015 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £1,194.47
    2015

    Les Forts de Latour 2015 (6x75cl)

    James Suckling (95)

    Aromas of iron, rust and hot stones with currants and dark berries follow through to a full body, firm and ultra-silky tannins and a long and polished finish. Racy and driven. Drink in 2022.
    2 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 95.0 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,194.47
    Les Forts de Latour 2016 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £1,192.07
    2016

    Les Forts de Latour 2016 (6x75cl)

    James Suckling (96)

    The fresh currant and violet aromas are so complex and beautiful on the nose. Full body, ultra-refined tannins and lovely tannin tension. Shows focus and such finesse. Beautiful finish. Try after 2024.
    In Stock in France

    Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 96.0 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,192.07
    Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
    Latour 2003 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £4,592.00
    2003

    Latour 2003 (6x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (100)

    2003 was one of the hottest, earliest Bordeaux vintages ever. Some vines suffered from lack of moisture, but old vines and clay subsoil at Enclos saw this vineyard through. The Merlot harvest occurred between September 8 and 13, and the Cabernet Sauvignon was picked between September 22 and 30. The 2003 Latour is a blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot. Six percent of the press wine was added to the final blend. It has a medium to deep garnet-purple color, then wow—it explodes from the glass with bombastic black and blue fruits, followed up by meat, wood smoke, sandalwood and Indian spice accents with underlying floral wafts. The palate is full, rich, velvety, seductive and very long on the finish. There were only 10,800 cases made (rather than the normal 15,000-20,000).
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 100.0 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £4,592.00
    Latour 2009 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £7,852.50
    2009

    Latour 2009 (6x75cl)

    Jane Anson Inside Bordeaux (100)

    Classic Pauillac power and finesse, packed with brambled fruits, hedgerow earthiness, exuberant while being controlled and carefully delivered. This has shoulders and backbone, and is impossible to ignore. Still in its primary phase so zero need to rush, but you are going to get more joy from this 2009 than you will with the 2010 vintage for at least the next five years. Penelope Godefroy vineyard director at the time, 100% new oak. Although they had not begun conversion at this point, things were moving in that direction - horses had been reintroduced within the vineyard as of 2008, and all chemical weedkillers had been stopped in the 1990s. The first biodynamic experiments took place in this vintage, but just over 3ha of vines. Still being sold En Primeur at the time, so relatively widely available.
    Release from Chateau Latour in 2020 In Stock in France

    Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 100.0 (JA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £7,852.50
    Latour 2010 (6x75cl)

    £6,800 - £8,160

    2010

    Latour 2010 (6x75cl)

    Vinous - Neal Martin (100)

    The 2010 Latour can be summed up in two words: “The king.” It convincingly asserts its superiority over other 2010s, including First Growths, in terms of its aromatic complexity, precision, balance, intensity, complexity and persistence. Simply a faultless Latour that ranks among its greatest achievements. Tasted from an ex-château bottle at the BI Wines & Spirits 10-Year On tasting.

    Bordeaux 6x75cl - 100.0 (VN (NM)) Read Review/Description

    £6,800 - £8,160

    If a product is only available on pre-order then the suggested prices are to be used as a guide, and are based on release prices from previous years. The final release price will be confirmed later
    Latour 2012 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £2,527.50
    2012

    Latour 2012 (6x75cl)

    Decanter (97)

    This will be by far the biggest release since Latour brought in the new system, as the 2012 has not been on the market before. It's a good one to start with as this is a vintage where the drinking window is starting to come into view. This is pure liquorice, graphite and profoundly dark fruits, gourmet brushed damson and crushed stones, with a silky, appealingly open texture. The tannins are as bracing as you hope for from this estate, not giving an inch yet, but there is air between them and the structure is starting to loosen up. Harvest from September 24 to October 16, under rainy conditions after a super hot summer and early September that ensured the grapes stayed in good condition, but turned the concentration from impenetrable to an altogether more approachable style.
    In Stock in France

    Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 97.0 (DC) Read Review/Description In Bond: £2,527.50
    Latour 2014 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £2,765.76
    2014

    Latour 2014 (6x75cl)

    James Suckling (99)

    So much violets, licorice, pencil, flowers and currants define this on the nose before it moves to fresh mushrooms. It’s full-bodied yet compacted with tension and a compressed center palate. Incredible, fine-grained tannins and energy. The length is truly great. Should be even more beautiful in 2024. Give it time.
    1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 99.0 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £2,765.76
    Les Forts de Latour 2010 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £1,712.50
    2010

    Les Forts de Latour 2010 (6x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (97)

    2010 was a very dry vintage of exceptional quality, producing incredibly structured and complex wines that are a little formidable when young but should age incredibly. Deep garnet-purple colored, the nose of the 2010 Les Forts de Latour is broody with subtle notes of licorice, tar, crushed black berries and plums with hints of spice cake and hoisin. Full-bodied, firm and grainy with an impenetrable core of muscular fruit, it finishes with fantastic persistence. Give it 5-7 years at least, and then it may well outlive the 1970 Les Forts that I recently tasted with Latour's CEO, Frédéric Engerer!
    In Stock in France

    Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 97.0 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,712.50
    Les Forts de Latour 2015 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £982.00
    2015

    Les Forts de Latour 2015 (6x75cl)

    James Suckling (95)

    Aromas of iron, rust and hot stones with currants and dark berries follow through to a full body, firm and ultra-silky tannins and a long and polished finish. Racy and driven. Drink in 2022.
    2 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 95.0 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £982.00
    Les Forts de Latour 2016 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £980.00
    2016

    Les Forts de Latour 2016 (6x75cl)

    James Suckling (96)

    The fresh currant and violet aromas are so complex and beautiful on the nose. Full body, ultra-refined tannins and lovely tannin tension. Shows focus and such finesse. Beautiful finish. Try after 2024.
    In Stock in France

    Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 96.0 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £980.00

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