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Two firsts: Chateau Latour 2012, Les Forts de Latour 2014
27 May 2020

At the very height of its prowess, Chateau Latour took the bold decision to leave the en primeur system. Ever since, we’ve debated whether this was a courageous new dawn or foolhardy arrogance. It’s fair to say that the initial ‘back vintage’ releases have been met with a mixed response. However, today marks a very significant moment in this project. This is the first ‘new release’ of Chateau Latour since the 2011 was offered en primeur. That’s a gap of almost eight years, in which we have continued to taste the new vintages and marvel at these majestic wines, with more than a touch of frustration…

As we have already commented, this is a particularly splendid era for the wines of Chateau Latour. Under the watchful eye of Frédéric Engerer, Latour regained its position as the most stately and grandiose of the First Growths. In what is usually considered a charming and refreshing vintage, Latour produced a towering, imposing Pauillac, brooding with mineral infused cassis, laser like precision (as one would expect from the most fastidious selections and winemaking regime), and statuesque tannins. This is unequivocally a vin de garde, a rare example from 2012 that will last well into the middle of this century.

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