2005 - Ch Latour Martillac Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan
06A5LMAR _ 2005 - Ch Latour Martillac Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan - 12x75cl
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Latour-Martillac
Region
Pessac-Léognan
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2012 - 2022
Case size
12x75cl
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2005 CH LATOUR MARTILLAC CRU CLASSÉ PESSAC-LÉOGNAN - 12x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Latour-Martillac
Region
Pessac-Léognan
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2012 - 2022
Case size
12x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £566.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • RP3

    Robert Parker, June 2015,
    Score: 90+

    Dense ruby purple, with the oak still showing a trifle too much, this 2005 is concentrated, rich, and possibly the most extracted and densest of any wine I have ever tasted from Latour-Martillac. Still youthful (with lots of cassis and graphite), this 2005 has entered its plateau of maturity. It should hit its prime in another 5 years and last a quarter of a century or more.

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, April 2008,
    Score: 89

    A deep ruby/purple-tinged color is followed by aromas of lead pencil shavings, smoke, toasty oak, and sweet black cherries and currants in this medium-bodied Pessac-Leognan. It possesses good acidity, excellent concentration, and a firm, slightly austere, astringent finish. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2025.

  • RP

    Robert Parker, April 2007,
    Score: 88-90

    Often aggressively oaky, the 2005 La Tour Martillac appears to have absorbed its wood component better than previous vintages. It is a softly styled effort with a deep plum/ruby/purple color, a sweet nose of lead pencil shavings, smoke, pain grille, red cherries, and black currants, medium body, fine acidity, and an excellent finish. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2022.

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Producer

Château Latour-Martillac

Château Latour Martillac in Pessac Léognan produces both a Grand Cru Classé red and white. It has been owned by the Kressmann family since the mid nineteenth century, currently overseen by brothers Tristan and Loïc. The winemaking and viticulture team headed up by Valérie Vialard have been integral to the estate’s success over the past two decades. Its white – a barrel femented blend of Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc – is quite possibly one of the best value in the whole region, offering a quintessential example of great white Bordeaux at an extremely reasonable price. Its reds are firm and leafy, and characteristic of the Grave’s blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot.

Region

Pessac-Léognan

Stretching from the rather unglamorous southern suburbs of Bordeaux, for 50 km along the left bank of the river Garonne, lies Graves. Named for its gravelly soil, a relic of Ice Age glaciers, this is the birthplace of claret, despatched from the Middle Ages onwards from the nearby quayside to England in vast quantities. It can feel as though Bordeaux is just about red wines, but some sensational white wines are produced in this area from a blend of sauvignon blanc, Semillon and, occasionally, muscadelle grapes, often fermented and aged in barrel. In particular, Domaine de Chevalier is renowned for its superbly complex whites, which continue to develop in bottle over decades. A premium appellation, Pessac-Leognan, was created in 1987 for the most prestigious terroirs within Graves. These are soils with exceptional drainage, made up of gravel terraces built up in layers over many millennia, and consequently thrive in mediocre vintages but are less likely to perform well in hotter years. These wines were appraised and graded in their own classification system in 1953 and updated in 1959, but, like the 1855 classification system, this should be regarded with caution and the wines must absolutely be assessed on their own current merits.