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Tasting Notes

WA100

One of the perfect wines of the vintage, Frederic Engerer challenged me when I tasted the 2010 Latour at the estate, asking, “If you rate the 2009 one hundred, then how can this not be higher?” Well, the scoring system stops at 100, (and has for 34 years,) and will continue for as long as I continue to write about wine. Nevertheless, this blend of 90.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9.5% Merlot, and .5% Petit Verdot hit 14.4% natural alcohol and represents a tiny 36% of their entire production. The pH is about 3.6, which is normal compared to the 3.8 pH of the 2009, that wine being slightly lower in alcohol, hence the combination that makes it more flamboyant and accessible. The 2010 is a liquid skyscraper in the mouth, building layers upon layers of extravagant, if not over-the-top richness with its hints of subtle charcoal, truffle, blackberry, cassis, espresso and notes of toast and graphite. Full-bodied, with wonderfully sweet tannin, it is a mind-boggling, prodigious achievement that should hit its prime in about 15 years, and last for 50 to 100.


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The Winery

Château Latour

"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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