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This was reticent on the nose with lots of slow to emerge dried strawberry fruit and rich leafy notes. The combination of sweet maderization notes... Read more
banana on the nose, citrus and mineral on the palate. oxidative notes appear after 10-15 sec on the tongue, nuttiness zippy. Read more
Fruity and have a good body. Read more
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Editorial Reviews for Château Latour Red Bordeaux Blend Pauillac Grand Vin
This was reticent on the nose with lots of slow to emerge dried strawberry fruit and rich leafy notes. The combination of sweet maderization notes and drying tannins makes this seem quite advanced. It has nice balance in the mouth but is a bit short and reveals bitter tannins on the finish. There are come nice, complex notes of mushroom, coffee and cigar box on the mid-palate but this has seen better days. 87pts
banana on the nose, citrus and mineral on the palate. oxidative notes appear after 10-15 sec on the tongue, nuttiness zippy.
Fruity and have a good body.
very good wine....deep and well balanced... a very good example of finese in wine making
A classic bordeaux from what seems to be turning out to be a stellar year. We found it complex, and full flavored.
I have tasted this wine after one hour of decanting. Dark Ruby colour. Shy on the nose at first, it came to life after a few minutes in the glass. Plum, cherry and a rich texture it was well balanced but might need some more time to develop. The palate was elegant and the tannins not overwhelming. I am convince this Chateau Latour will have much more to say in the next 5 years. (tasted in August 2008) QC http://www.questionofwine.blogspot.com
I find that this does not need decanting, but drink it soon after uncorking.
This is an interesting as well as great vintage for Latour. As indicated in my barrel tasting report, Latour's 1994 possesses an atypically high percentage of Merlot (27%) in the final blend. Because of this, the wine appears to have a sweeter, more fleshy texture than is typical for a young Latour, but do not make the mistake of thinking this will be a commercially-styled, easy to drink wine. It exhibits an opaque dark ruby/purple color, and a backward, intense textbook nose of walnut and cassis scents complemented by smoky pain grille notes that build in the glass. This full-bodied, powerful, layered Latour reveals high tannin, but no bitterness or astringency. The superb purity, fabulous precision, and remarkable length should ensure 35-40 years of longevity. Readers will find more fat, flesh, and glycerin than usual for a young Latour (save for such great vintages as 1982 and 1990), but don't be deceived, this wine requires 8-10 years of cellaring.
External Reviews for Château Latour Red Bordeaux Blend Pauillac Grand Vin
Black licorice cedar cigar box and fresh herbs. Full-bodied and very structured with firm silky tannins and a long finish. Needs time.-- 95/ 96 Bordeaux retrospective. Best after 2009. JS Wine Spectator.
Dark ruby-red. Brooding nose hints at plum, cassis, brown spices and cedary oak. Sweet, fresh and highly concentrated, with brisk, intense cabernet sauvignon-dominated flavors of blackcurrant, blackberry, cedar and cocoa powder. Vibrant acidity gives this wine terrific lift and energy, but it's currently hard as nails. Finishes impressively long, with noble tannins and palate-staining concentration; nutmeg and licorice nuances emerge slowly with aeration. A knockout, but forget about it in your cellar for another 15 years. While I think the 2009 Latour has a magic spicy charm, the 2010 is more in keeping with this great estate’s DNA.
Stern, almost severe initially, this great wine takes time to show its immense fruit power. Black currant and blackberry notes are packed into the wine, along with an impressive array of spices from new wood that gives a more exotic element. At the end, though, it has a fine, structured sense of proportion. Obviously for aging over decades, so don’t drink before 2022.
Unbelievably pure, with distilled cassis and plum fruit that cuts a very precise path, while embers of anise, violet and black cherry confiture form a gorgeous backdrop. A bedrock of graphite structure should help this outlive other 2010s. Powerful, sleek and incredibly long. Not perfect, but very close. Best from 2020 through 2050.
90.5% cabernet sauvignon 8.5% merlot 0.5% cabernet franc 0.5% petit verdot. The Grand Vin represents only 36% of the harvest in 2010 which began on September 20th with the merlot and finished on October 11th with the cabernet sauvignon. 14.4% alcohol. Cassis graphite and black pepper soar from the glass and meld into an intoxicating perfume. The mouth feel and presence on the palate is phenomenal incredibly intense flavors and layers of depth and complexity. This beautiful wine has incredible concentration and the structure is massive but balanced perfectly by the vibrant acidity and powerful dark cabernet driven flavors. The tannins are beautifully integrated even more so than 2009 or 2005 at the same stage. The finish lasts for minutes and stayed with me long after I left the Chateau. This classic Latour will easily last 50 years. John Sweeney.
90.5% cabernet sauvignon, 8.5% merlot, 0.5% cabernet franc, 0.5% petit verdot. The Grand Vin represents only 36% of the harvest in 2010 which began on September 20th with the merlot and finished on October 11th with the cabernet sauvignon. 14.4% alco... John Sweeney. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2010 Latour, Chateau 750ml
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.
"Possesses an opaque black/purple color along with an extraordinary perfume of spring flowers, blueberry, blackberry and cassis liqueurs and hints of white chocolate as well as earth intermixed with vague charcoal and truffle-like components. With unreal concentration, full-bodied power, and a precision, freshness and refined level of tannins that are something to behold...98-100" WA 5/11 "The aromas of flowers such as roses, violets and lilacs jump from the glass then turn to dark berries such as blueberries and blackberries. It's full-bodied, with velvety tannins and dense and intense with a chocolate, berry and currant character. This is juicy and rich with wood still showing a bit, but it's all coming together wonderfully. Muscular yet toned. Another perfect wine like the 2010...100" JamesSuckling.com 02/13 "Deep purple-ruby. Pungent floral and spice notes enliven complex aromas of dark plum, cocoa and minerals. Large-scaled and juicy, with lively acidity giving sharp definition to the uncommonly deep, pure flavors of black fruits, forest floor and dark spices. The impressively ripe, powerful finish features youthfully chewy tannins and outstanding persistence...96+" IWC 07/12 "Unbelievably pure, with distilled cassis and plum fruit that cuts a very precise path, while embers of anise, violet and black cherry confiture form a gorgeous backdrop. A bedrock of graphite structure should help this outlive other 2010s. Powerful, sleek and incredibly long. Not perfect, but very close....99" WS 03/13
<p>This is Chateau Latour, which is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot with the balance being Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, although naturally this can vary greatly depending on the vintage. There are perhaps 18000 cases of the grand vin produced each year. </p>
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