2011 Latour



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Average critic rating : 95.0 points

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A blend of 84.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 0.5% Petit Verdot, the 2011 Latour represents only 34% of the crop. It hit 13.1% natural alcohol. One of the vintage's most compelling wines, it possesses a dense ruby/purple color as well as a sweet, open-knit personality with ripe tannin, superb intensity, good purity and harmony, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, and lots of crushed rock, floral and black as well as blue fruit notes in addition to hints of ink and forest floor. This beautifully rich, savory Latour will be surprisingly drinkable in 4-5 years, and should age easily for two decades or more. ||By the way, Latour harvested relatively late for the Medoc, beginning the harvest on September 12 and finishing on September 26. Wine Advocate.April, 2012

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The Grand Vin is a blend of 84.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 0.5% Petit Verdot, representing 34% of the crop. The nose demands coaxing from the glass with introspective dark berry fruit, mineral, graphite and just a hint of cedar. The palate is classic Latour with tensile tannins in the driving seat and the fruit residing in the passenger. It has finely tuned acidity that lends it freshness and tension. There is superb minerality towards the finish but it retains that strictness and focus without blinking. If you love Latour, you will love the 2011. Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com

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A Latour with a steely backbone and a savory character. Blueberries and currants with hints of violets. Full body, with a long and racy finish. The texture is very tight and racy. Classy for the vintage. James Suckling, jamessuckling.com

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This is all silk and velvet, with gorgeous mouthfeel as the wine sails along, with cassis, cherry eau de vie and freshly sliced plum flavors, with a deeply ingrained iron note that adds considerable length on the finish. Tasted non-blind. James Molesworth, WineSpectator.com

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84.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 0.5% Petit Verdot. Elderberry juice in colour. Black core. Reticent cassis perfume, not very forthcoming. Intense, deep, dry and long. Very refined and it feels as if it is all texture at the moment, no spare flesh but it’s more a question of no fat not leanness. It opens up to very pure cassis fruit but remains restrained. A slight dustiness increases the freshness. Dry purity and refinement. It's not even reined in, the constraint is built in. 'Super-bon élégant', opines Frédéric Engerer in an isolated burst of enthusiasm, the tannins remind him of those in 2000. Classical lines. Absolutely no generosity but Engerer reckons it will take on flesh. Very very long. Julia Harding MW, jancisrobinson.com

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Concentrated Cabernet nose lifted by floral wild violets, the classic restrained firmness of Latour with intellectual more than sensual complexity to come. Drink 2018-2040. Decanter.com

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Crafted from an assemblage of 84.5 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and .5% Petit Verdot, this vintage represents just 34% of the production. 3% press wine was added to the blend, which is half of what’s normally included in the assemblage. The estate continues its march towards biodynamic farming. At this point, 62 acres are farmed using biodynamic techniques. The eventual goal of Chateau Latour is to become completely biodynamic within a few years. - Dark ruby in color with purple accents at the rim, the perfume offers wet forest floor aromas, cassis, cedar wood, spice, earth and blackberry. Subtle, refined and elegant, this finesse style of Latour is long, clean and pure. Lacking the concentration of 2010 or 2009, this stylish Latour is long and filled with pure, spicy cassis in the fresh finish. Jeff Leve, theWineCellarInsider.com

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The 2011 Latour has a wonderful soapy Cabernet nose. Etherial though perhaps lacking some volume at the moment. The palate reveals a granite-chiseled Latour but with a real skip in its step: lots of vibrational energy. The tannins feel just a little bit exagerated at the moment and dominate the persistent finish. Very fine. FINE+RARE



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Latour: The Importance

Château Latour is one of the finest wines in Bordeaux and one of the three Pauillac first growths, along with Mouton-Rothschild and Lafite Rothschild. The château is situated on the appellation’s southern edge, shouldering the border with St Julien and just a quickstep from the sloping banks of the Gironde.

 

Latour is often considered to be the most classic in style of all first growths. Described by Neal Martin as “a supernova around which others orbit”, Latour has a long history at the very top of the Bordeaux hierarchy, making it one of the region’s most desirable wines.

 

Latour: The Insight

Latour is situated on what could well be the best terroir on the left bank; built upon trademark Pauillac gravel and clay subsoil and perfectly positioned to reap the benefits of the Gironde breeze, Latour combines all the necessary elements for perfect wine. These excellent natural conditions are matched by rigorous production methods, with Antonio Galloni commenting “it is impossible to visit Latour and not be impressed by the total commitment to detail. Nothing goes unobserved”. This yields spectacular results: Latour produces wines of haunting precision, power and finesse – with few finer expressions of Cabernet Sauvignon (80% of the vineyards) to be found anywhere in the world. Other grape varietals grown are Merlot (18%), Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

 

There are three wines produced at Château Latour: the Grand Vin, Les Forts de Latour and Pauillac de Latour. Latour is often described as one of Bordeaux’s most consistent wines. The Grand Vin is a very serious prospect in any given year, but 1982, 2003, 2009 and 2010 are among its greatest ever vintages, with each awarded 100 points by Robert Parker. Les Forts de Latour comes largely from vines situated outside the heart of the estate and includes some of the younger vines of the flagship Château Latour itself. Occasionally, vats originally destined for the Grand Vin will be incorporated into Les Forts de Latour, and top vintages of this second wine are at the same level of quality as some past vintages of the Grand Vin itself: 2005, 2009 & 2010 spring to mind.

 

Latour: The Background

While the history of Latour’s emblematic château building dates back to at least the 14th century, its world-renowned vineyards were fully established in the 17th century, making them some of the oldest in Bordeaux. However despite this ancient heritage, Latour is not afraid to buck tradition. The house recently took the unprecedented decision to remove itself from the En Primeur system, meaning that it no longer releases wine still in barrel. This means that 2011 was the last wine to be released from barrel, with all future vintages to be held in Latour’s cellars until they are considered ready to drink. This move sets Latour aside from the other first-growths and has been hailed by some commentators as a shift in the future of Bordeaux.



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