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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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    Prices: In Bond Inc. VAT
    Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
    Latour 2005 (3x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £2,894.04
    2005

    Latour 2005 (3x75cl)

    Vinous - Antonio Galloni (100)

    The 2005 Latour was mind-blowingly profound in two recent tastings for this report. Deep and sensual to the core, the 2005 is utterly captivating. All the elements are so seamlessly put together. Graphite, crème de cassis, licorice, dark spice and lavender infuse the 2005 with so much energy. More than anything else, though, the 2005 is a Latour of texture and resonance. Even after several hours, the 2005 is fresh and full of energy. Wines like this are just life affirming. That's about all I can really say. Tasted two times.
    1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Bordeaux 3x75cl 1 100.0 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £2,894.04
    Latour 2006 (3x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £1,806.84
    2006

    Latour 2006 (3x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (95)

    Not an outstanding vintage overall for Bordeaux, 2006 had the potential to be very good. Things got off to a pretty impressive start in Pauillac this year, and then it all went a bit pear-shaped toward the end with a cool, rainy August and late September. Vineyard diligence and a take-no-prisoners attitude on the sorting table were the keys to relative success here. While it is clear Latour had their work cut out for them with this 2006 release, they managed to produce an incredibly impressive grand vin, which is drinking beautifully now yet should cellar gracefully over the next 20+ years. The 2006 Latour was just released this year and is composed of 91.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7.5% Merlot, 0.5% Cabernet Franc and 0.5% Petit Verdot. It has a medium to deep garnet-purple color and lovely open nose with florals and red fruit aromas. The palate is medium-bodied, elegant and minerally with a compelling iron ore character and great length. 10,000 cases were produced (representing 38% of production).
    1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Bordeaux 3x75cl 1 95.0 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,806.84
    Latour 2009 (3x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £3,437.04
    2009

    Latour 2009 (3x75cl)

    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.
    In Stock in France

    Bordeaux 3x75cl 2 100.0 (JA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £3,437.04
    Latour 2010 (3x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £3,875.64
    2010

    Latour 2010 (3x75cl)

    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.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Bordeaux 3x75cl 1 100.0 (VN (NM)) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £3,875.64
    Latour 2014 (3x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £1,619.04
    2014

    Latour 2014 (3x75cl)

    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.
    In Stock in France

    Bordeaux 3x75cl 2 99.0 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,619.04
    Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
    Latour 2005 (3x75cl)
    In Bond: £2,405.00
    2005

    Latour 2005 (3x75cl)

    Vinous - Antonio Galloni (100)

    The 2005 Latour was mind-blowingly profound in two recent tastings for this report. Deep and sensual to the core, the 2005 is utterly captivating. All the elements are so seamlessly put together. Graphite, crème de cassis, licorice, dark spice and lavender infuse the 2005 with so much energy. More than anything else, though, the 2005 is a Latour of texture and resonance. Even after several hours, the 2005 is fresh and full of energy. Wines like this are just life affirming. That's about all I can really say. Tasted two times.
    1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Bordeaux 3x75cl 1 100.0 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description In Bond: £2,405.00
    Latour 2006 (3x75cl)
    In Bond: £1,499.00
    2006

    Latour 2006 (3x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (95)

    Not an outstanding vintage overall for Bordeaux, 2006 had the potential to be very good. Things got off to a pretty impressive start in Pauillac this year, and then it all went a bit pear-shaped toward the end with a cool, rainy August and late September. Vineyard diligence and a take-no-prisoners attitude on the sorting table were the keys to relative success here. While it is clear Latour had their work cut out for them with this 2006 release, they managed to produce an incredibly impressive grand vin, which is drinking beautifully now yet should cellar gracefully over the next 20+ years. The 2006 Latour was just released this year and is composed of 91.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7.5% Merlot, 0.5% Cabernet Franc and 0.5% Petit Verdot. It has a medium to deep garnet-purple color and lovely open nose with florals and red fruit aromas. The palate is medium-bodied, elegant and minerally with a compelling iron ore character and great length. 10,000 cases were produced (representing 38% of production).
    1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Bordeaux 3x75cl 1 95.0 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,499.00
    Latour 2009 (3x75cl)
    In Bond: £2,857.50
    2009

    Latour 2009 (3x75cl)

    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.
    In Stock in France

    Bordeaux 3x75cl 2 100.0 (JA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £2,857.50
    Latour 2010 (3x75cl)
    In Bond: £3,223.00
    2010

    Latour 2010 (3x75cl)

    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.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Bordeaux 3x75cl 1 100.0 (VN (NM)) Read Review/Description In Bond: £3,223.00
    Latour 2014 (3x75cl)
    In Bond: £1,342.50
    2014

    Latour 2014 (3x75cl)

    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.
    In Stock in France

    Bordeaux 3x75cl 2 99.0 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,342.50

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