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Latour. Chateau Bordeaux Blend Bordeaux 2009

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Captivating aromas of currant black licorice and spices with just a hint of sweet tobacco. Full-bodied with chewy tannins and a long long finish. Structured and racy. Best after 2011. 10 000 cases made. JS Wine Spectator.

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Château Latour:
  Château Latour is a First Growth wine estate in Pauillac in the Bordeaux region of France. The castle was built in the early 14th century as a home shared by various feudal lords. It played a role in the Hundred Years War, serving as a garrison for the Anglo-Gascon army. But it wasn’t till the 16th century that wine production began there in earnest. In the late 17th and ... Read more
  Château Latour is a First Growth wine estate in Pauillac in the Bordeaux region of France. The castle was built in the early 14th century as a home shared by various feudal lords. It played a role in the Hundred Years War, serving as a garrison for the Anglo-Gascon army. But it wasn’t till the 16th century that wine production began there in earnest. In the late 17th and early 18th century, Latour was owned by Alexandre de Ségur, whom Louis XV referred to as “Prince of the Vines.” Before his death in 1716, de Ségur purchased Lafite, and his son Nicolas-Alexandre, then President of Bordeaux, acquired Mouton and Calon in 1718. By the 18th century, peace between England and France meant increased trade with Bordeaux. This elevated the status of the finest French estates, which increased in value significantly as they saw more attention from the nobility. Though Bordeaux saw a lot of damage to estates in the French Revolution and breakups of their ownerships, Latour remained unharmed and remained in the Ségur family. It was officially named a First Growth, the highest possible honor for a French wine, in 1855.    By the mid 20th century, various inheritances meant many shares in Latour, which for 30 years became owned almost entirely by the British financial group Pearson and Harveys of Bristol. But in 1993, the majority of the estate was sold to François Pinault in Artemis, once again in French hands.    The prestigious wines are produced with respect to tradition with modern techniques assuring the highest possible quality. Latour is best known for its Grand Vin, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, with an average annual production of 18,000 cases. They have a second wine, Les Forts de Latour and also a “third wine,” simply called Latour Pauillac. Bottles of Latour Grand Vin, particularly older vintages, have been known to sell for astronomical prices at auctions. Read less

External Reviews for Latour. Chateau Bordeaux Blend Bordeaux

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Vintage: 2004 10/01/2014

Captivating aromas of currant black licorice and spices with just a hint of sweet tobacco. Full-bodied with chewy tannins and a long long finish. Structured and racy. Best after 2011. 10 000 cases made. JS Wine Spectator.


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Vintage: 2004 10/01/2014

A terrific effort from Administrator Frederic Engerer and owner Francois Pinault the dark ruby/purple-tinged 2004 Latour exhibits a strong cassis character intermixed with notes of crushed rocks earth cedar and forest floor. Racy elegant but powerful with medium to full body and sweet tannin it will benefit from 5-7 years of cellaring and should keep for three decades. It is a very impressive offering. Also tasted: 2004 Pauillac (87; 38.00) Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.


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Vintage: 1988 09/24/2014

So minty with loads of subtle ripe fruit and eucalyptus undertones. Full-bodied with ultrafine tannins and a long long finish. Caresses every inch of the palate. It s the quality of the tannins that s impressive here. What a great and beautiful wine. Should improve for many years to come.- 88/ 98 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2008). Drink now. -JS Wine Spectator.


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Vintage: 1988 09/24/2014

Tasted at a private dinner in Zurich. This particular bottle was actually purchased ex-chateau which would go a long way in explaining its exemplary performance. For a start it is very youthful in colour. The palate is paradigmatic of the vintage: masculine perhaps a little dusty with broody black fruit graphite and sous-bois - hints of truffle hitching along for the ride. The palate is wonderfully balanced with firm tannins plenty of austere black fruit and a strict but vivacious graphite-


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Vintage: 1975 06/28/2014

The dark ruby/garnet-colored 1975 Latour offers up a dry mineral tobacco stony-scented nose with red and black currants competing with cedar spice box and balsam wood aromas. Hard and dense in the mouth with tough astringent tannin a steely constitution plenty of concentration but an unflattering backward style this youthful 1975 is capable of lasting two more decades. Will it become increasingly attenuated and hard? Anticipated maturity: now-2020. Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.


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Vintage: 1975 06/28/2014

Fascinating aromas of plums minerals and mint with a hint of peat. Medium- to full-bodied with firm tannins and a long finish. Plenty of life left in it. This was rather controversial at the NY tasting but I loved it.--Latour vertical. Drink now through 2015. Wine Spectator.


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Vintage: 1952 03/28/2017

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