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Chateau Latour


Bordeaux was buzzing this morning with the long-awaited release of the 2012 Chateau Latour. We are pleased to present an offer. This is direct from the Chateau with perfect provenance. Estimated arrival is October of this year. As you may or may not know Latour does not sell their wine anymore as a "future" so this is actually the first release of this wine. We are also pleased to offer the 2014 Forts the "second" wine. 2014 continues to be a sleeper vintage so this should be outstanding as well.


2012 Chateau Latour Pauillac (pre arrival Ex Chateau release)

The 2012 Latour is a blend of 90.2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9.6% Merlot and 0.2% Petit Verdot. Medium to deep garnet colored, the nose slowly, measuredly emerges with notions of preserved Morello cherries, baked blackcurrants and blackberry compote, giving way to nuances of pencil shavings, unsmoked cigars, Chinese five spice and sandalwood plus ever so subtle hints of cardamom and eucalyptus. Medium-bodied, the palate delivers mouth-coating black and red fruit preserves with a firm, grainy-textured frame and fantastic freshness, finishing with a veritable firework display of lingering spices and minerals. This is a more restrained, relatively elegant vintage of Latour that may not have that "iron fist in a velvet glove" power of the greatest vintages but nonetheless struts its superior terroir and behind-the-scenes savoir faire with impressive panache. It is drinking nicely now with suitably rounded-off, approachable tannins, and the tertiary characters are just beginning to bring some more cerebral elements into the compote of temptingly primary black fruits. But, if you're looking to drink it in full, flamboyant swing, give it another 5-10 years in bottle and drink it over the next 20-25 years+.
96+ points Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate


2012 Latour put in a deeply impressive showing. It has a precise bouquet: graphite-infused black fruit, hints of iodine and a light marine influence—shucked oyster shell and Japanese nori. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, well-judged acidity, quite sensual and harmonious with seductive purity on the finish. This possesses exquisite precision and detail that evinces a wine of genuine class. Of course, perhaps this tasting note is irrelevant for the moment, at least until the Grand Vin is released onto the market. It will be intriguing to re-taste it when it does see the light of day. - Neal Martin
97 Points Wine Advocate


Sale $579.00*   |   SKU 83288


*Our price includes the 25% tariff which is in effect for French wines under 14.1 Abv. If the tariff is repealed we will happily refund this amount !


2014 Chateau Les Forts Latour Pauillac (pre arrival Ex Chateau release)

2014 Forts de Latour has turned out beautifully. Pliant, supple and open-knit, the wine is super-expressive, even at this early stage. There is lovely depth to the dark red cherry, plum and leather nuances, all in the vivid, articulate style that is found in the best 2014s. Best of all, the 2014 Forts de Latour will drink well with minimal cellaring. - Antonio Galloni
93 points Vinous Media


Sale $239.00   |   SKU 83289






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