True to the Pauillac style, Château Latour has a structural tannic framework allied with incredible intensity and is arguably the most powerful wine in the Médoc. The blend is dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon which typically makes up 90% of the blend. The wine is incredibly long lived and benefits from at least 15 years of ageing and will typically age 50+ years.
Three wines are made at Latour: 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 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. Top vintages of this second wine are still one of the finest wines in the Pauillac appellation.
In recent years Chateau Latour has developed an enviable reputation for being the most consistent performer amongst the First-Growth wines, able to produce very good wine in even the more difficult vintages. As such, any year from Latour is a privilege to own, but there are some true stand-outs. In the past two decades the 1996, 2003, 2009 and 2010 vintages of the Grand Vin have all received a perfect 100 point scores from Robert Parker, while 2000 and 2005 have been hot on their heels with 99 and 98 points apiece. As might be expected from such quality, Latour has an astounding potential to age, with the best vintages drinking well for fifty years or more.
Top Modern Vintages: 2016, 2010, 2009, 2003