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  • Country ranking ?

    796
  • Producer ranking ?

    35
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    Potatoes Mashed with Turnips and Celery Root

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A very classic, pure, well-defined vintage. On the border between the 2004 and the 2006, it joins a beautiful series of very good quality vintages. This classicism is obviously best expressed in the Grand Vin, which is severe but also rich and intense. A great deal of class and nobility in this wine.

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The Story

The chateau makes three different wines. The so-called grand vin, that is Château Latour itself, a second wine called Les Forts de Latour and a third wine simply called Pauillac. The grand vin comes from the original part of the vineyards, called the Enclos. This is the most prestigious part of the vineyard where the vines have a fine view of the Gironde estuary. The tradition in Bordeaux says that vines that overlook the water make the best wine. The proximity to the estuary actually gives a slightly higher temperature, helping the grapes to good maturity. The Enclos is around 45 hectares out of a total of 88 for the whole estate.

The grape varieties are 75 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 23 % Merlot, 1 % Cabernet Franc and 1 % of Petit Verdot. The planting density is high, 10,000 vines per hectare. Every year the chateau’s viticulturist replaces a certain number of dead vines. These young vines are marked and treated separately. They are harvested separately and they are not used in the grand vin until they are at least 10 years old.

The Enclos is under conversion to organic farming since 2015. It takes three years to be certified so it means that we will see the first organic Château Latour in 2018. Only copper and sulfur, mixed with different plant infusions, are used to fight diseases in the vineyard. Instead of insecticides they use sexual confusion. Only organic fertilizers are used when needed and no herbicides.

The barrel aging starts in December. Château Latour is put in 100 % new oak from the Allier and Nièvre forest in the central part of France. The chateau works with 11 different coopers. This is important to the winemaker as the coopers all have different styles.

 

The wine spends six months in the first year cellar where it will also undergo the malolactic fermentation. The barrels are tasted regularly and the winemaker decides the blend for the grand vin, the second wine and the third wine. He decides if the press wine should be included or not. The wine is then moved to the huge and magnificent second-year cellar where it will spend 10-13 months, so in total around 22 months of aging before it is bottled. 2014 was bottled in June this year. During the barrel aging the wine is racked and topped up regularly, every 3 months. At the end, the wine is fined traditionally with egg whites, 5-6 whites per barrel.

Château Latour is often a textbook example of a Cabernet Sauvignon. No wonder, as often almost 90 % of the wine is made from this grape. It is a powerful wine in its youth, with aromas of cedar wood and black fruit, made even more powerful with the aging in 100 % new oak barrels. It is packed with fruit and tannins and it stays young for at least 10 years. This is a wine you really should wait for, say 10-15 year or longer. It needs time to show what it is capable of.

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Wine Information

After a warmer than normal January and February, the growing season began with cool temperatures. The spring was wet, with regular rain from March to April. May was a little warmer than normal, but then there was cooler weather from June to September. A shortage of rain in July resulted in moderate water stress. The end of the summer was very rainy with frequent showers from early August to mid-September. Fortunately, the second half of September improved, with dry weather conducive to ripening. The harvests took place in beautiful late summer weather, from 29 September to 19 October. This enabled an optimization of a valuable balance between high phenolic indicators, correct sugar levels and fairly high acidity.

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Average Bottle Price

2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
449€ +9.5% 410€ -23.8% 538€ -21.3% 684€ -22.0% 877€

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The 2008 Latour is dark, brooding and virile, with huge tannins that convey an impression of gravitas. Grilled herbs, leather, sweet pipe tobacco, iron and cedar add to the wine's distinctive aromatic complexity. There is plenty of density and richness, but the color and slightly advanced flavor profile are a bit out of character. Ideally, at this stage Latour should exhibit more freshness and vibrancy. Of course, it is possible the 2008 might remain at this plateau for many years to come. Time will tell. The blend is 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot and drops of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. 93/Drink: 2019-2038.

  • 93p

2008 Latour displayed truffles on the nose, was very stylish with great structure, complexity, tobacco and grilled bacon flavours, and very long finish. Classic wine for the property. 96+p.

  • 96p

The wine has rich classic aromas of blackberries and cassis, with additional notes of violets, minerals, cedar and dark chocolate. The key words for this wine are finesse and peristence. In spite of its obvious power the wine is silky, effortless, elegant and refined. A beauty that will age very well.

  • 95p
Ruby, cassis, intense, leather notes, just like Mouton, a bit closed now, last bottle, only three months ago, was more open. Has a refined feel to it, regal. Gorgeous acidity, ripe tannins, superb length.
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Origin

Pauillac, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Above Average

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

None

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