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Latour200712×38cl£1,715192LessMore
The 2007 Latour (the first wine made in the newly renovated cellars) exhibits a dense ruby/purple color as well as a sweet, expansive bouquet of black fruits and spring flowers interwoven with a striking minerality. The wine’s dense, medium to full-bodied flavors are surprisingly evolved, with soft tannins, an ample, generous mouthfeel, and an endearing texture. Undoubtedly one of the longest lived wines of the vintage, the 2007 Latour should last for two decades or more.
Latour200824×38cl£4,000195LessMore
An extraordinary wine, the classic 2008 Latour (13.5% natural alcohol) is composed of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc (40% of the production made it into the grand vin). Its dense purple color is followed by hints of espresso roast, cassis, burning embers, truffles and graphite. Rich with full-bodied power, beautiful purity and graciousness allied to a voluminous, savory, broad mouthfeel, this beauty will be drinkable in 4-5 years and will keep for three decades.

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Château Latour

 

Vineyards are documented at Chateau Latour as far back as the 14th century (the estate disposes of more farther-dating archives than any other chateau), with those vineyards that were to underpin its now worldwide reputation established by the 17th century, following the consolidation under single ownership (the de Mullet family) of a number of smaller holdings. Soon after, in the 18th century, Latour was among the first New French Clarets to appear in the emergent London Coffee House scene.

Located at the southern edge of Pauillac on the border with St. Julien, the vineyards almost abut those of leading super second Ch. Léoville Las Cases. 

Like all First Growths, Latour has undergone a series of ownerships and, equally like all First Growths, has largely stayed in French hands. After a period with the Pearson Group, an English family company it was sold to Allied Lyons. In 1993 Chateau Latour was bought by its present owner François Pinault, a French billionaire industrialist who was to build his holdings to include Yves St. Laurent, Gucci, Christie’s Auction House and the recent purchase of leading Rhone estate, Chateau Grillet.

With a new owner came a major program of investment. However, as is so often the case with First Growths, it was perhaps the wider-management decisions that had most impacted on quality. Pinault decided to delegate day-to-day direction of the estate to its Président, Frédéric Engerer, a dynamic figure under whose stewardship Latour has raised to its position of pre-eminence in the Bordeaux Place.

 

Latour

 

 

Style

Latour is a powerful, structured wine, nuanced with the classic claret notes of cedarwood and Cohiba of Pauillac. Considered perhaps the most consistent of all First Growth wines, Latour is also known for its ability to produce good wines in the more challenging vintages. The Grand Vin is among the most long-lived wine of all Bordeaux chateaux, with the best vintages lasting up to 100 years or more. Les Forts de Latour, one of the best known second wines in the Medoc, is based on a separate vineyard from the Grand Enclos (that of Latour) and thus has its own distinct identity.      

 
Top-rated vintages
 
Vintage
RP
JR
Market price £
£/Parker Points
2009
98-100
19
12700
128
2008
96-98
 
8050
83
2006
95
18
5250
55
2005
96
18+
9500
99
2004
95
15.5
4500
47
2003
100
18++
9950
100
2002
96
16.5
4800
50
2001
95
17.5
4650
49
2000
98
18.5
11888
121
1996
99
17
7895
80
Prices as of beginning of April 2011
 
Market

Latour is currently enjoying a period of sustained momentum as it and other First Growths and equivalent wines become better value, as they start to move towards the new price ceiling established by Lafite.

In 2010, Latour ranked 2nd in the Liv-ex Power 100 ranking, up from 5th spot last in 2009. The Liv-ex Power 100 is a list of the top performers over the previous year and their position starting the current year.  The indice traces the movement of chateau and other wines using a sophisticated weighting system based on average prices, production, notional availability and Parker Points.

 

Release price evolution
 
Vintage
Ex-négociant €
London release price £
2009
 7,200
10,500
2008
1,560
1,590
2007
2,880
2,495
2006
3,900
3,250
2005
4,920
4,500

 
Latour at a glance

Commune: Pauillac

Soils: Deep, gravel-rich plateau with important iron and marl deposits

Climate: Maritime

District: Medoc

Classification: 1er Cru Classe 1855

Owner: François Pinault

Wine-maker: Frédéric Engerer 

Vineyard: 77 ha/190 acres (11 ha were acquired in 2005)

75% Cabernet Sauvignon vines, 24 % Merlot (increased from 15 per cent in the 1980s), very small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot 

Vinfication and ageing (Grand Vin): vats by parcel, 3-week maceration, aged in new oak casks

Production avg: 30,000 cases

Wines: Latour (16-20,000); Les Forts de Latour (since 1966, 10-12,000 cases); Pauillac

Other properties: Chateau Grillet, Rhone Valley

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