Since Château Latour took the bold decision to extricate themselves from the primeur system, they come back to the Place each March offering releases from their vast cellar. So far, it would be fair to say that this has not been met with overwhelming approval from the British market. Our collectors like buying primeur, the excitement of the campaign, the impulsive purchase. But perhaps today’s releases will garner a little more interest… The 2005 is the fourth highest scoring Latour of the last three decades. When we recently re-tasted this, we couldn’t help but be impressed by its statuesque grandeur – this is a very handsome and classic Latour built for the long haul!
‘The 2005 Latour (87% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot) is a spectacular effort from Château Latour. It has an inky plum/purple color and a gorgeous nose of graphite, crème de cassis, and floral notes with some forest floor in the background. It is full-bodied, super-concentrated, and for my taste, probably one of the two or three most intense, rich, and complex wines of the entire Médoc. The wine has great texture, purity and a finish of close to 40 or 45 seconds. The tannins are surprisingly sweet, even in this large-scaled, masculine wine. Drink it over the next 50+ years. 98/100’ - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Forts de Latour 2011
‘One of the finest second wines now being made, Les Forts de Latour comes from the same parcel every year. The 2011 is composed of 61.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38.5% Merlot. Forty-three percent of the Latour production was relegated to this cuvee. Its opaque purple color is accompanied by a big, sweet nose of creme de cassis, underbrush, licorice and incense. Medium to full-bodied, deep, fleshy and already appealing, this 2011 should gain complexity over the next 5-7 years, and last for 15-20. 90-92/100’ - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
These wines are offered ex-Chateau and will be available in May. Quantities are limited and are subject to confirmation.