- Château Latour
- Cabernet Sauvignon / Cabernet Franc / Petit Verdot
- Case size
James Suckling, April 2016,
This is is very fruity and refined with blackberry and fine tannins. Medium to full body. Clean finish. Third wine of Latour.
Matthew Jukes, April 2016,
(52.4 Cabernet Sauvignon, 41.7 Merlot, 4.1 Petit Verdot) | 13.5% alc. | IPT 65. | 30% of production. In the time-honoured Pauillac de Latour style, this wine is taut, unyielding, firm and it isn’t giving much away. The impression is more of a red-fruited wine than a black style and this is borne out by the significant percentage of Merlot in the blend. It is a finer build than in years past and this serves to lengthen the finish rather than bulk out the mid-palate. The flavour is mildly exotic and aside from the tannins which are admittedly very firm, this seems to be a more tender, cherry-driven wine which will live for a long time and soften into a blushing beauty.
Jancis Robinson, April 2016,
Deep crimson, colour remarkably similar to the grand vin and Forts. Not much nose. Lots of press wine. Really rather fresh and sweet and Latour-like but a bit awkward and astringent on the finish. Lots of vigour though. Clean as a whistle. Dry finish for the moment. Drink 2022-2029
Tim Atkin, May 2016,
Not bad for a third wine! This saw more new oak than usual because of the quality of the grapes. Perfumed cassis and bramble fruit is supported by firmish tannnins and taut acidity. One to tuck away for a while, which is just what Latour does these days. Drink: 2020-28
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.
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.