One of the perfect wines of the vintage, Frederic Engerer challenged me when I tasted the 2010 Latour at the estate, asking, “If you rate the 2009 one hundred, then how can this not be higher?” Well, the scoring system stops at 100, (and has for 34 years,) and will continue for as long as I continue to write about wine. Nevertheless, this blend of 90.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9.5% Merlot, and .5% Petit Verdot hit 14.4% natural alcohol and represents a tiny 36% of their entire production. The pH is about 3.6, which is normal compared to the 3.8 pH of the 2009, that wine being slightly lower in alcohol, hence the combination that makes it more flamboyant and accessible. The 2010 is a liquid skyscraper in the mouth, building layers upon layers of extravagant, if not over-the-top richness with its hints of subtle charcoal, truffle, blackberry, cassis, espresso and notes of toast and graphite. Full-bodied, with wonderfully sweet tannin, it is a mind-boggling, prodigious achievement that should hit its prime in about 15 years, and last for 50 to 100.
Wine Advocate, February 2013
A blend of 90.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8.5% Merlot, 0.5% Cabernet Franc and 0.5% Petit Verdot with 14.4% alcohol. The Grand Vin is quite conservative and “strict” at first, very pure with cedar and graphite dominating the profile against a backdrop of pure black fruit. But it opens up with 3-4 minutes of aeration with hints of gravel, perhaps crushed rose petals lending it a femininity to counter its intrinsic masculinity. The palate is full-bodied with firm tannins, real grip in the mouth, even more intensity than the 2009 but with that weightlessness and elegance towards the finish. Extraordinary.Tasted March 2011. Neal Martin, erobertparker.com
The quality of the tannins and density of fruit is truly beautiful. This is so focused, with purity and beauty. The 1990 Latour came into my head when I tasted this (twice). It starts off slowly and then builds and builds and builds . So intellectual. A superb wine with precision 90.5 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 8.5 percent Merlot, 0.5 percent Cabernet Franc and 0.5 Petit Verdot. jamessuckling.com
Lush and layered, with nearly endless fig sauce, currant compote and blackberry cobbler notes, wound with cocoa, espresso and charcoal. This is seamless, despite its power and range, with hints of violet, blood orange and spice box flittering in. Tasted non-blind. James Molesworth, winespectator.com
90.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8.5% Merlot, and a drop each of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. 36% of total production. Extremely dark purple. Again, more ‘glamour’ than I expected. Especially on the nose. Very ambitious and gorgeous. Thick and dense and hugely long term and dry on the end. Spices – something quite Asian about this – a hint of Szechuan pepper. Explosive. Super dry and introvert but with great velvety texture. So introvert and super dry, super Latour. Monumental. The massive fruit lurks underneath the very ripe tannins at the moment. IPT 83, less than Les Forts, but it tastes much firmer. jancisrobinson.com
Sensational depth of colour, incredible sweetness and ripeness of fruit, but very massive now, a monumental expression of the Latour vineyards. Drink 2025-70. Steven Spurrier, decanter.com
This year Latour has made about 36% of the normal production of its first wine, which may be released by 2015 with a limited distribution. The 2010 Latour consists of 90.5 % Cabernet Sauvignon (harvested October 4-11),8.5% Merlot (Sept. 20-28), Cabernet Franc 0.5% (October 5) and Petit Verdot0.5% (October 9). Alcohol content is 14.4%. The tannins are softer, gently concealing fine rich plum, apricot, black- and red-currant fruit as well as some leather and smoke in its underlying fullness. The completeness is sensed in the mid palate as well as an attractive finish. It has the quiet confidence of a great wine, whose muscularity may support complex elements in an alluring maturity by the 2030s.
Deep ruby, with aromas of blackberries, blueberries, plums, and cedar, the 2010 Latour is full bodied, restrained, intense and filled with layer upon layer of flavours and firm tannins. Density is the key in this vintage and Latour is massive and very typically Latour - all about power and longevity and needing at least 10 years before it can be approached. The 2009 will be approachable much earlier on, but I love both vintages for very different reasons ?they are the two faces of Latour. asianpalate.com
A very grown up nose of gravel and dark berry fruit - very expressive for a Latour at this stage. There is an incredible energy to this wine, with layer upon layer of the most tremendous fruit. Thelength is incredibly long... could still taste it in the car driving to the next appointment. Perhaps the most complete Latour we have tasted at this stage in its development. Undoubtedly one of the wines of the vintage...maybe THE wine of the vintage.