Château Latour

Château Latour 1995 | 1er Grand Cru Classé, Pauillac

Château Latour 1995
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75 cL. vin rouge. Vendu par 12 bouteilles
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Château Latour 1995

Château Latour 1995

A beauty, the opaque dense purple-colored 1995 exhibits jammy cassis, vanillin, and minerals in its fragrant but still youthful aromatics. Medium to full-bodied, with exceptional purity, superb concentration, and a long, intense, ripe, 40-second finish, this is a magnificent example of Latour. As the wine sat in the glass, scents of roasted espresso and toasty new oak emerged. This classic will require considerable cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2050.

Wine Advocate #129 Jun 2000 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 96 Drink: 2012 - 2050

Château Latour 2002 | 1er Grand Cru Classé, Pauillac

Château Latour 2002
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75 cL. vin rouge. Vendu par 6 bouteilles
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Château Latour 2002

Château Latour 2002

The wine of the vintage? There are only 10,000 cases of this extraordinarily rich, dense 2002 that is as powerful as the 2003 (even the alcohol levels are nearly the same, 12.85%) . It is dark ruby/purple to the rim, with notes of English walnuts, crushed rocks, black currants, and forest floor, dense, full-bodied, and opulent, yet classic with spectacular aromatics, marvelous purity, and a full-bodied finish that lasts just over 50+ seconds. Huge richness and the sweetness of the tannin are somewhat deceptive as this wine seems set for a long life. Administrator Frederic Engerer seems to be more pleased with what Latour achieved in 2002 than in any other recent vintage. Hats off to him for an extraordinary accomplishment in a vintage that wouldn’t have been expected to produce the raw materials to achieve something at this level of quality. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2045.

Wine Advocate #158 Apr 2005 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 96

Drink: 2012 - 2045

Château Latour 2004 | 1er Grand Cru Classé, Pauillac

Château Latour 2004
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75 cL. vin rouge. Vendu par 12 bouteilles
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Wine Advocate #171
Jun 2007 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 95 Drink: 2012 - 2037
A terrific effort from Administrator Frederic Engerer and owner Francois Pinault, the dark ruby/purple-tinged 2004 Latour exhibits a strong cassis character intermixed with notes of crushed rocks, earth, cedar, and forest floor. Racy, elegant, but powerful with medium to full body, and sweet tannin, it will benefit from 5-7 years of cellaring, and should keep for three decades. It is a very impressive offering.

Château Latour 2011 | 1er Grand Cru Classé, Pauillac

Château Latour 2011
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75 cL. vin rouge. Vendu par 6 bouteilles
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This has a gorgeous core of steeped plum, boysenberry and black currant coulis flavors, backed by a prominent graphite note that drives through the lengthy finish, where extra hints of anise and sweet tobacco flitter in the background. Regal. Best from 2018 through 2035

Château Latour 1994 | 1er Grand Cru Classé, Pauillac

Château Latour 1994
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Château Latour 1994

Château Latour 1994

This is an interesting as well as great vintage for Latour. As indicated in my barrel tasting report, Latour's 1994 possesses an atypically high percentage of Merlot (27%) in the final blend. Because of this, the wine appears to have a sweeter, more fleshy texture than is typical for a young Latour, but do not make the mistake of thinking this will be a commercially-styled, easy to drink wine. It exhibits an opaque dark ruby/purple color, and a backward, intense textbook nose of walnut and cassis scents complemented by smoky pain grille notes that build in the glass. This full-bodied, powerful, layered Latour reveals high tannin, but no bitterness or astringency. The superb purity, fabulous precision, and remarkable length should ensure 35-40 years of longevity. Readers will find more fat, flesh, and glycerin than usual for a young Latour (save for such great vintages as 1982 and 1990), but don't be deceived, this wine requires 8-10 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2035. Last tasted 1/9

Bordeaux Book, 3rd Edition Jan 1998 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 94 Drink: 2005 - 2035