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  • Country ranking ?

    57
  • Producer ranking ?

    5
  • Decanting time

    10h
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    casseroles of lamprey and of shad & Bordeaux style

People often ask me if and when to decant wine. / One reason to decant is to increase the oxygen contact with the wine. I personally find it more important to decant older wines than young ones, as this is needed to breathe life into a wine that has been imprisoned for decades. An older wine at first often has an off-putting musty smell that only disappears with time and air. I have on countless occasions experienced how a wine was written off as being well past it, sometimes having to stop my fellow drinkers from pouring the wine away, only to see it blossom in the glass with time and air, developing into a delicate beauty.

The timing depends very much on the wine in question - a vintage with a good structure will need longer than a lighter vintage, Bordeaux generally needs longer than a Burgundy. Powerful white wines like Chardonnays and Grüner Veltliner also benefit from decanting as does mature Rieslings. Also the very young Bordeaux, like this Latour from exceptiomal vintages, will benefit sometimes from very long decanting time, even 10 hours or more.

What I don't believe in is the habit of just opening the bottle to let the wine breathe - the air exchange taking place at the small surface is negible. The problem occurs if the cork crumbles and fall into the bottle, as this means that you will have to decant the wine earlier than you had really planned.

Another reason is to separate the wine from its depot.

This is usually done with Bordeaux but funnily enough rarely with Burgundy, which for me is a fallacy - depot will negatively affect a delicate wine more than a sturdier wine.

This reminds me of a funny story - as Sotheby's were to auction off large parts of the famous Thurn und Taxis estate in Germany a decade or so ago, there were also parts of the wine cellar to be auctioned off. As Serena Sutcliffe, the head of Sotheby's wine department, went to examine the cellars she found that all wooden wine cases had large circular holes in them. On asking why, she was told by the family butler that these were drilled in order for the wines to breathe.

J-E Paulson

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The Story

The 47 hectares which surround the Château, the heart of the estate, are called "l'Enclos". Only the grapes from these 47 ha make the "Grand Vin de Château Latour". The vines in this vineyard are very old, some of them being centenarian. This "Enclos" benefits from a very unique terroir that combines an optimized sub-soil nutrition for the vines, the Gironde river which tempers extreme weather conditions, and a typical Médoc climate, largely influenced by the Atlantic ocean, which allows the grapes to reach maturation under favourable conditions.

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Average Bottle Price

2017 2016 2015 2014
1 165€ +5.9% 1 100€ +2.3% 1 075€ -20.1% 1 345€

This data comes from the FINE Auction Index, a composite of average prices for wines sold at commercial auctions in 20 countries. The average prices from each year have been collected since 1990. This chart plots the index value of the average price of the wines.

Latest Pro-tasting notes

18 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Ruby red

ending

Long, Extensive and Pure

flavors

Blackberry, Cigar-box, Tobacco, Truffles, Herbs and Buttery

nose

Intense and Seductive

taste

Balanced, Well-Integrated, Multi-dimensional, Youthful, Full-bodied, Harmonious, Fresh, Refined and Silky tannins

Verdict

Transparent and Outstanding

Written Notes

Latour 2010 is completely shut down now and offering little. Velvety tannins with great density and power with little flavor or fruit expression. The length, texture and subtle layers provide some insight into what the wine will be capable of offering in 15 to 20 years. Persistent length.

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Consistent notes. Incredibly sophisticated and refined wine, but not as concentrated as I've expected. However, there are plenty of things to be hugely exited over, for this wine offers myriad of nuances, velvety structure, immense depth and length. Sublime wine, which has several decades to reach apogee.

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Deep ruby, deep feel to the nose, complex, refined, massive nose, superbly structured, massive and layered, fresh acidity, ripe tannins, very long length.
  • 97p

Information

Origin

Pauillac, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Excellent

Fake factory

There is a possibility

Glass time

2h

Drinking temperature

17

Inside Information

Parker 100 points : One of the perfect wines of the vintage, Frederic Engerer challenged me when I tasted the 2010 Latour at the estate, asking, “If you rate the 2009 one hundred, then how can this not be higher?” Well, the scoring system stops at 100, (and has for 34 years,) and will continue for as long as I continue to write about wine. Nevertheless, this blend of 90.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9.5% Merlot, and .5% Petit Verdot hit 14.4% natural alcohol and represents a tiny 36% of their entire production. The pH is about 3.6, which is normal compared to the 3.8 pH of the 2009, that wine being slightly lower in alcohol, hence the combination that makes it more flamboyant and accessible. The 2010 is a liquid skyscraper in the mouth, building layers upon layers of extravagant, if not over-the-top richness with its hints of subtle charcoal, truffle, blackberry, cassis, espresso and notes of toast and graphite. Full-bodied, with wonderfully sweet tannin, it is a mind-boggling, prodigious achievement that should hit its prime in about 15 years, and last for 50 to 100. 

There is no denying the outrage and recriminations over the decision by the Pinault family and their administrator, Frederic Engerer, to pull Latour off the futures market next year. However, you can still buy these 2010s, although the first two wines are not likely to be released until they have more maturity, which makes sense from my perspective. Perhaps Latour may have offended a few loyal customers who were buying wines as futures, but they are trying to curtail all the interim speculation that occurs with great vintages of their wines (although only God knows what a great vintage of future Latour will bring at seven or eight years after the harvest). As a set of wines, the 2010s may be the Pinaults’ and Engerer’s greatest achievements to date. Of course, I suspect the other first-growth families won’t want to hear that, nor will most of the negociants in Bordeaux, but it’s just the way things are. Frederic Engerer, by no means the most modest of administrators at the first growths, thinks it would be virtually impossible to produce a wine better than this, and he may well be correct. If they gave out Academy Awards for great performances in wine, the Pinaults and Engerer would certainly fetch a few in 2010. P.S. Just so you don’t worry, Engerer offered up the 2009 next to the 2010 to see if I thought it was still a 100-point wine, and yes, ladies and gentlemen, it still is.

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 Jeannie Cho Lee MW, Pro (China)  tasted  Château Latour 2010  ( Château Latour )

Latour 2010 is completely shut down now and offering little. Velvety tannins with great density and power with little flavor or fruit expression. The length, texture and subtle layers provide some insight into what the wine will be capable of offering in 15 to 20 years. Persistent length.

4m 1d ago

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 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  Château Latour 2010  ( Château Latour )

Consistent notes. Incredibly sophisticated and refined wine, but not as concentrated as I've expected. However, there are plenty of things to be hugely exited over, for this wine offers myriad of nuances, velvety structure, immense depth and length. Sublime wine, which has several decades to reach apogee.

7m 17d ago

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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Château Latour 2010  ( Château Latour )

"Deep ruby, deep feel to the nose, complex, refined, massive nose, superbly structured, massive and layered, fresh acidity, ripe tannins, very long length. "

4y 4m ago

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 Björnstierne Antonson / sommelier, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  Château Latour 2010  ( Château Latour )

"TASTINGNOTE Dagen jag smakade detta vin förändrade det helt min uppfattning om det mest perfekta vinet på jorden. Det sublima 91,3% Cabernet ger intryck av lätthet i densiteten, en transcendent finess som skiljer den från alla de andra stora vinerna från årgången. Tanninerna är så väl integrerade att jag jublade över hur vackert vinet håller ihop! Den bästa unga Latour jag någonsin provat har just fötts, det kommer säkert att sträcka sig över många generationer. Det verkar som om vi har fått en riktig klassiker!

Kolossal struktur, tanninerna i förhållande till vinet; enorma och ihållande, samt fortfarande väldigt, väldigt unga. Kort sagt, detta är precis vad vi älskar och förväntar sig av Latour i exceptionella årgångar. Mycket mineral, mycket tät rik och axelbred näsa, men ändå av fint snitt, med super-fina tanniner och underbar konsistens och en frisk syra, ett lyxigt kompakt vin, den klassiska "torra men ändå helt mogna tanninerna" av det bästa rödvin. Packad med mineralaromer, djup, mognad, mörk söt frukt - essensen av en stor Pauillac, men utan en antydan till överdrift. 2010:an har densiteten utan kraften, en märkligt envis, inre energi och fantastisk längd. Ett perfekt, harmoniskt utförande: en mycket stor Latour. Storartad; en klar kandidat till perfektion. Men hur många i "gamla Europa" kommer att ha råd med det monstervin?
MOGNAD 2022–50.
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