How rare to confront a wine of this inner strength and perfect form. Grown at a 116-acre vineyard at the southern border of Pauillac, some of the vines now reaching 100 years of age on a gravel bar overlooking the Gironde, Latour harvests cabernet sauvignon with natural power. I could describe it as colors, from glistening ruby to purple-black then back to scarlet tannins that vibrate in red. Or just the pure, unadulterated flavor of black currant, unformed as a child is unformed, beautiful as a child is beautiful. However I might describe it, the wine is stronger than I am and will outlast me by decades. This is the most provocative and most brilliant Latour I have tasted on release.
A great wine, the summation of a great vintage in Bordeaux. The core of richness, the dense, bone-dry tannins, the black currants, red berries and black plum skins are the elements, but it`s the way they have been integrated that makes this such an impressive wine. There is great elegance as well, a fabulous counterpoint to such power. Cellar for at least 15 years, but this will keep forever. Cellar Selection
"You can't know great wines without knowing Latour."
- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
With production totaling around 10,000 cases per year, Latour is the smallest of its First Growth peers. Even in weaker vintages, exemplary wines are produced. The decision to not participate in en primeur was recently made by Frederic Engerer, the general director, who wishes to have more control over the path of the wines. “This is something that I wanted to do for quite a while. Generally, we're concerned by the fact that our wines are drunk too young, we believe it is our duty, especially for a long-aging wine such as Château Latour, to be more concerned of that problem. We think this new commercial rhythm is in line with a growing demand from wine amateurs to be able to acquire wines that reach a 'drinkability phase' and that have been kept in perfect conditions in our cellars.” The standard of excellence, prestige and pedigree make Latour a “must have” for collectors.
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