May 26th 2017
We don’t send out many single wine offers of White Bordeaux, but we felt that this particular château has produced a wine of such high quality, character, and charm in this vintage that we want to draw your attention to it. And all this, fortuitously, goes hand in hand with outstanding value.
For £270/12 in bond the Ch Latour Martillac Blanc was our joint highest scoring white wine of the vintage, alongside Ch La Mission Haut Brion Blanc and Pavillon Blanc du Ch Margaux. Valérie Vialard has been the winemaker at this Grand Cru Classé de Pessac Léognan estate for over 20 years, and she has honed her skill in drawing out the best expression from their old Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc vines that grow in the clay and gravel soils around the Martillac village.
The 2016 was simply delicious, and without a doubt the château’s best white wine to date. For anyone seeking superbly balanced, characterful white wine with the structure to pair excellently with food, look no further. And for those with cellars full of great White Burgundy, this is a stunning alternative at less than the price of an average Côte de Beaune village wine. It will drink well from just a year or two in bottle, but has the structure and length to develop complex characteristics over the next decade.
Ch Latour Martillac Blanc Grand Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan 2016
£270.00 per 12 bottles IB
£280.00 per 6 magnums IB
A true stand-out at the Union des Grands Crus tasting, this really is a success. The high clay content of the estate’s parcels around the Martillac rise meant the vines could sit out the summer drought in relative ease. It has a gorgeous perfume, in the citrus spectrum rather than tropical. It has a wonderful intensity to the fruit core, and is elegant, fresh, and light-footed on the palate, with a fine finish. Terrific value. Drink 2019 – 2027. Goedhuis, 96-98 points