Latour

About Château Latour

Latour has, in many ways, always been the most forward-thinking and disruptive First Growth, ever since its original rise to prominence under the Ségur family in the 18th century. Its decision not to participate in En Primeur had a rippling effect throughout the fine wine world, and whilst it has not precipitated a broader move away from the system by other estates, the vast majority of Bordelais properties have certainly reduced the amount of their wine offered in this way choosing to hold back stock to be released upon maturity. A sign of Latour's influence upon the entire region.

 

The Vineyard and the Wine

There is an ancient Médoc saying - to make great wine, you must be able to see the water. No other First Growth is closer to the Gironde's estuary than this imposing estate, contributing to simply extraordinary terroir which means that Latour has an enviable (and uncanny) ability to produce outstanding wine in difficult years. In favourable years, the vineyard soaks up extra heat reflected from the water's surface. In unpleasant years, the property is protected from extremes by the moderating effect of the estuary's regulatory benefits.


This dream terroir allows the winemaking team to focus on a variety of aspects of viticulture safe in the knowledge that nature will see them through the worst - and focus they have! Ever the pioneers, Latour was one of the first châteaux to introduce cutting-edge processes such as satellite imaging of distinct plots, sensors assessing vine vigour and even wind-direction monitoring before the application of fully biodynamic treatments.

 

Château Latour has a distinctly high proportion of clay in the soil throughout its vineyard. Whilst unusual for Pauillac, it is, in fact, the very same clay upon which the vines of Château Pétrus are planted in Pomerol. Obviously found in far smaller quantities and dominated by glorious Left Bank gravel, the result of this composition is a wine of unfathomable texture, richness, concentration and spine-tingling freshness - for which Latour garnered the epithet "an iron fist in a velvet glove".

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Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Latour 2011 (12x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €6,833.40
2011

Latour 2011 (12x75cl)

Wine Spectator (96)

This has a gorgeous core of steeped plum, boysenberry and black currant coulis flavors, backed by a prominent graphite note that drives through the lengthy finish, where extra hints of anise and sweet tobacco flitter in the background. Regal. Best from 2018 through 2035.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 96 (WS) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €6,833.40
Latour 2011 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €3,491.70
2011

Latour 2011 (6x75cl)

Wine Spectator (96)

This has a gorgeous core of steeped plum, boysenberry and black currant coulis flavors, backed by a prominent graphite note that drives through the lengthy finish, where extra hints of anise and sweet tobacco flitter in the background. Regal. Best from 2018 through 2035.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 96 (WS) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €3,491.70
Les Forts de Latour 2004 (12x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €2,267.40
2004

Les Forts de Latour 2004 (12x75cl)

Wine Enthusiast (91)

Latour's second wine is, as so often, on a level with many classed growths. In 2004, it is also a very faithful reflection of the vintage: fresh, lively and vital, with acidity and vibrant blackberry fruits very much up front. If not big, it is deliciously fresh and will develop well over five years.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 91 (WE) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €2,267.40
Les Forts de Latour 2010 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €1,529.70
2010

Les Forts de Latour 2010 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (97)

2010 was a very dry vintage of exceptional quality, producing incredibly structured and complex wines that are a little formidable when young but should age incredibly. Deep garnet-purple colored, the nose of the 2010 Les Forts de Latour is broody with subtle notes of licorice, tar, crushed black berries and plums with hints of spice cake and hoisin. Full-bodied, firm and grainy with an impenetrable core of muscular fruit, it finishes with fantastic persistence. Give it 5-7 years at least, and then it may well outlive the 1970 Les Forts that I recently tasted with Latour's CEO, Frédéric Engerer!
Delivery to Storage from 31 Aug 2021

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 97 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €1,529.70
Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Latour 2011 (12x75cl)
In Bond: €5,665.00
2011

Latour 2011 (12x75cl)

Wine Spectator (96)

This has a gorgeous core of steeped plum, boysenberry and black currant coulis flavors, backed by a prominent graphite note that drives through the lengthy finish, where extra hints of anise and sweet tobacco flitter in the background. Regal. Best from 2018 through 2035.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 96 (WS) Read Review/Description In Bond: €5,665.00
Latour 2011 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €2,895.00
2011

Latour 2011 (6x75cl)

Wine Spectator (96)

This has a gorgeous core of steeped plum, boysenberry and black currant coulis flavors, backed by a prominent graphite note that drives through the lengthy finish, where extra hints of anise and sweet tobacco flitter in the background. Regal. Best from 2018 through 2035.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 96 (WS) Read Review/Description In Bond: €2,895.00
Les Forts de Latour 2004 (12x75cl)
In Bond: €1,860.00
2004

Les Forts de Latour 2004 (12x75cl)

Wine Enthusiast (91)

Latour's second wine is, as so often, on a level with many classed growths. In 2004, it is also a very faithful reflection of the vintage: fresh, lively and vital, with acidity and vibrant blackberry fruits very much up front. If not big, it is deliciously fresh and will develop well over five years.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 91 (WE) Read Review/Description In Bond: €1,860.00
Les Forts de Latour 2010 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €1,260.00
2010

Les Forts de Latour 2010 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (97)

2010 was a very dry vintage of exceptional quality, producing incredibly structured and complex wines that are a little formidable when young but should age incredibly. Deep garnet-purple colored, the nose of the 2010 Les Forts de Latour is broody with subtle notes of licorice, tar, crushed black berries and plums with hints of spice cake and hoisin. Full-bodied, firm and grainy with an impenetrable core of muscular fruit, it finishes with fantastic persistence. Give it 5-7 years at least, and then it may well outlive the 1970 Les Forts that I recently tasted with Latour's CEO, Frédéric Engerer!
Delivery to Storage from 31 Aug 2021

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 97 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: €1,260.00

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