2013 - Ch Latour 1er Cru Pauillac Ex Château March 2021
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Latour
Region
Pauillac
Grape
Cab. Sauvignon/ Merlot/ Cab. Franc/ Petit Verdot
Case size
3x150cl
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2013 CH LATOUR 1ER CRU PAUILLAC EX CHÂTEAU MARCH 2021 - 3x150cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Latour
Region
Pauillac
Grape
Cab. Sauvignon/ Merlot/ Cab. Franc/ Petit Verdot
Case size
3x150cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £2,596.07 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • RP

    Robert Parker, August 2014,
    Score: 88-90

    A blend of 95.3% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4.7% Merlot, the 2013 Latour represents only 31.5% of the total crop. It is a surprisingly soft, charming, fruit-forward Latour with moderate concentration, a deep ruby/purple color, and no herbaceousness. Although not terribly deep or rich, it is an excellent effort that will not hit the market for another 5-7 years given their new policy of holding Chateau Latour until it is deemed ready for sale.

  • DC

    Decanter, April 2014,
    Score: 94

    Dense purple-red, pure Cabernet expression with surprising richness for 2013, seductive for Latour, beautifully-textured fruit that will charm throughout a long life. Drink: 2019-2035

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, April 2014,
    Score: 18+

    Only a small amount of Merlot was used from the oldest plot on clay soils. Seems to be unusually precocious for Latour. Will be 90% new oak when it is finished. Really quite focussed and fine. Good length and dark fruit but quite fresh and light. Interesting and quirky for Latour. No trace of greenness (pyroxenes) because of the short hot spell which knocked them out of the wine. Overall a relatively forward, unusual Latour, but one which will provide us with delicious drinking within the two decade mark.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2014,
    Score: 17+

    Sumptuous, gorgeous fruit on the nose – really a big step up from the Forts, this year. Fine but very persistent tannins. Has great fruit and intensity, but stops short of widescreen greatness. (RH)

  • TA

    Tim Atkin, May 2014,
    Score: 95

    Such is the château’s policy towards en primeur that this wine won’t be released (or priced) for a few more years, but it’s still worth writing about. Even in a lighter vintage, it’s a comparatively muscular Pauillac, with smoky, coffee bean oak, good fruit concentration and the backbone you’d expect from 95% Cabernet. 2020-30

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Producer

Château Latour

It is a common misconception that Château Latour was named after its cream-coloured tower - a 17th century edifice that served as a dovecote. The original tower that gave its name to this exemplary property was built in the 15th century as a watchtower to fend off invading pirates during the Hundred Years War. Unfortunately, it has long been eroded away. Château Latour's vines are planted on the gravel soil of Paulliac, most of them stand 12 to 16 metres above the Gironde Estuary. It can be considered the King of the First Growths, having the extraordinary power, structure and presence.

Region

Pauillac

Due south of St Estèphe lies the appellation of Pauillac, the king of Left Bank communes. It is home to three first growths as well as a plethora of other classified growths. Pauillac's renowned well-draining, gravelly soils enable its dominant grape Cabernet Sauvignon to reach fantastic heights of complexity and concentration. As a result, Pauilac's wines tend to be full-bodied with compact tannins and good freshness. Its aromatics are often what one associates with classic Bordeaux: pencil shavings, black currant and occasional mint. Some of the most famous châteaux of the commune are Latour, Mouton Rothschild, Lafite Rothschild, Pichon Baron, Pichon Lalande and Lynch Bages.