2001 Latour

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Average critic rating : 95.0 points



A brilliant offering, which should be drinkable much earlier than the blockbuster 2000, the 2001 Latour boasts an inky/ruby/purple color to the rim as well as a glorious bouquet of black currants, crushed stones, vanilla, and hints of truffles and oak. A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance primarily Merlot with a touch of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it reveals a sweetness on the palate that is atypical for such a young Latour. The beautiful integration of tannin, acidity, and wood is stunning. The wine flows across the palate with fabulous texture, purity, and presence. This luscious, full-bodied Latour was surprisingly open-knit on the three occasions I tasted it from bottle. However, do not mistake its aging ability as this 2001, despite its precociousness, will last 20-25 years. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2025.Robert Parker, Wine Advocate # 153



Extremely attractive aromas of blackberries and currants with just a hint of mineral and oak. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long, long finish. As it was from barrel. powerful and fast. Serious stuff. James Suckling,Wine Spectator 2004

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Château Latour, situated at the southern edge of Pauillac on the border with St Julien, is one of the finest wines in Bordeaux. Of the three first growths in Pauillac, if Lafite is elegance and Mouton opulence, then Latour is patrician class. Situated on what is arguably the best terroir on the left bank, on archetypical Pauillac gravel, Latour produces wines of haunting precision, power and finesse. There are few finer expressions of Cabernet Sauvignon, or of Bordeaux.

Latour has been owned since 1993 by François Pinault, also owner of Domaine d’Eugenie in Vosne-Romanée and Château Grillet in Condrieu. All three estates are run by Frédéric Engerer who, since taking control at Latour in 1998 has overseen the creation of some truly stunning wines. The vineyards are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon (80%), Merlot (18%), Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

Three wines are made here: the grand vin – Château Latour, Les Forts de Latour and Pauillac de Latour. Les Forts de Latour comes largely from vines situated outside the heart of the estate, with some of the younger vines of Latour itself. Occasionally vats originally destined for the grand vin will be incorporated into Les Forts de Latour. Top vintages of Forts de Latour such as 2005, 2009 & 2010 are at the same level of quality as some past vintages of the grand vin itself.

Pauillac de Latour, the estates third wine, is made from vats that do not meet the selection criteria for Forts de Latour. It is an excellent example of benchmark Pauillac .

Uniquely for Bordeaux at this level, Ch. Latour does not release its wine en-primeur, choosing instead to release the wines as they are entering their drinking windows.

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