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Three New Releases from Château Latour

From £600 per case

In 2012 Château Latour made the decision to stop selling its wines en primeur and to hold all vintages back until it felt that they were ready for drinking.

Nine years on we have reached the second of these annual releases:

We have been fortunate enough to taste all three wines from the bottle and they all showed extremely well tasted blind against their peers from the same appellation. Latour 2013 is a vintage-defying wine and a rare Latour that is ready to drink and enjoy now. Les Forts de Latour 2015 is a wine of super-second quality and on a qualitative level with the Pichons, Lynch Bages, Pontet Canet and Grand Puy Lacoste. And finally, Pauillac de Latour 2016 is of clear classed growth quality from a truly great Northern Médoc vintage.

The critics' reviews have just come in for all three wines. Antonio Galloni says "the 2013 Latour is absolutely gorgeous", with Lisa Perotti-Brown MW concurring, claiming it to be "as good as the Left Bank gets in this vintage". Both agree that it is already drinking well, a great opportunity to drink this Grand Vin so young. Les Forts de Latour 2015 receives high praise, with Neal Martin describing it as "wonderfully poised with great persistence on the finish". Antonio Galloni agrees on its "generous, inviting personality", saying it is "a total pleasure to taste today". He is also very positive about the Pauillac de Latour 2016, asking "how can this be a third wine?" and calling it "a compelling, sumptuous wine that shows just how magnificent the year is".

The Château has correctly released their 2013 grand vin at a lower price than that of any other vintage in the market today at £4200 per dozen, and the Forts de Latour is at £1780 per dozen (significantly cheaper than Carruades Lafite and Petit Mouton).

Perhaps most interesting of all is the 2016 Pauillac de Latour at £600 per dozen, which offers a taste of the Latour magic from a truly great vintage at a very fair price. The critics rate this the equal of - or close to - the 2013 Grand Vin for a fraction of the price. This offers superb quality and pedigree for the money. 

All three of these wines will have a back label to confirm that they left Latour's cellars in 2021.

 

Minimum Order – 1 case
Latour 2013 and Les Forts de Latour 2015 will be available for delivery in late May/June
Pauillac de Latour 2016 will be available in late April

2016 Pauillac de Latour

Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Cs Bts Price IB GBP Per Score
Bordeaux2016Pauillac de Latour

UK Sales Only

BT500600.001292 AG60066.66666666666792.0092.00Pauillac de Latour0.75
Wines are offered subject to remaining unsold. E&OE.

The 2016 Pauillac de Château Latour is a compelling, sumptuous wine that shows just how magnificent the year is. How can this be a third wine? Dark and ample in the glass, Latour's Pauillac possesses tremendous breed right out of the gate. Black cherry, graphite, licorice, spice and leather all meld together in the glass. Floral overtones develop nicely with time. Only the (relatively) lighter structure suggests the Pauillac's place in the château's hierarchy. Everything else is first class all the way. The Pauillac is a blend taken from parcels outside the core holdings in the famed enclos, plus younger vines in the enclos. Drink 2022-2036

92 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com

Dark, lustrous crimson. Very forward, come-hither and also energetic with the great advantage of this first growth's top-quality barrels – and attention to organic detail in the vineyard. That stony ripeness on the nose that characterises a good Pauillac with just a slight animal note. Pretty intense, sumptuous nose. Neat, dry palate that's distinctly lighter-bodied than its grander stablemates – just in case we thought we could get a Latour for a Pauillac price. But hugely appetising. With its sinewy (though not excessive) tannins, this is not a wine to sip without food. But based on my experience enjoying various early vintages of this wine, of which Hugh Johnson used to get a good supply when he was a director of Ch Latour, I wouldn't hesitate to keep it for another 10 years. The finish is really something. It just goes on and on! 13%
Drink 2021 – 2031

16.5 points, Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com

2015 Forts de Latour

Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Cs Bts Price IB GBP Per Score
Bordeaux2015Les Forts de Latour

6 bottle minimum order

BT301,780.001293 NM36197.7777773333393.0093.00Forts de Latour0.75
Wines are offered subject to remaining unsold. E&OE.

Composed of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35.6% Merlot, 0.5% Cabernet Franc and 0.9% Petit Verdot, the 2015 Les Forts de Latour needs a fair bit of air to unlock a profound, powerhouse nose of blackcurrant cordial, boysenberries, plum preserves and dark chocolate, with suggestions of Chinese five spice, clove oil, violets and crushed rocks. The palate packs an absolute flavor wallop, bursting with rich, ripe black fruits and loads of spicy sparks, while framed by beautifully plush tannins, finishing long and minerally. Not at all heavy, on the contrary, the Les Forts is both expansive AND tantalizingly refreshing. In terms of evolution, it has barely budged since I last tasted it in 2017. While it's drinking very well right now, it easily has a good 20 years of cellaring ahead, maybe more. Impressive.

94 points, Lisa Perotti-Brown MW, The Wine Advocate

The 2015 Les Forts de Latour is silky, perfumed and wonderfully nuanced from the very first taste. Crushed red berry, cedar, tobacco, mint and blood orange lend striking aromatic nuance. Ample and resonant in feel, yet with mid-weight structure, the 2015 is a total pleasure to taste today. All of the natural radiance of the warm year comes through in the wine's generous, inviting personality. Drink it over the next 15 years or so. Drink 2021-2030

94 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com

The 2015 Les Forts de Latour was picked from 15 September to 10 October, commencing with the Merlot and finishing with the Cabernet Sauvignon. This bottle correlates closely to the one that I tasted blind in January 2019. There is a mixture of blackberry, graphite and cedar on the nose, very well defined and focused. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins, a mixture of red and black fruit with superb mineralité and lip-smacking salinity. Velvety in texture, this is wonderfully poised with great persistence on the finish. Excellent. Drink 2021-2038

93 points, Neal Martin, Vinous.com

2013 Château Latour

Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Cs Bts Price IB GBP Per Score
Bordeaux2013Latour

6 bottle minimum order

BT204,200.001291 NM24466.6666666666791.0091.00Latour0.75
Wines are offered subject to remaining unsold. E&OE.

The 2013 Latour is absolutely gorgeous. Of course, the 2013 is lighter in body than the norm here, but striking aromatics and silky tannins more than make up for that. A wine of total breed and class, the 2013 is a real pleasure to taste today. Naturally, the lighter structure of the year is impossible to escape. Even so, at eight years of age, the 2013 is just starting to show the first signs of aromatic nuance, and yet it remains a young wine. The spread of botrytis led to an early harvest, with the exception to some blocks on the western side of the enclos that were more resistant to conditions and were therefore picked later. This is a remarkable showing considering a little more than 2/3rds of the vineyards (for the Grand Vin) were farmed biodynamically back then. I can't wait to see how the 2013 ages. My opened bottle stayed fresh for a number of days. Drink 2021-2033

92 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com

Composed of 95.2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4.4% Merlot and 0.4% Petit Verdot, the 2013 Latour offers an open-knit, fragrant nose of licorice, sandalwood, rose petals and cigar box over a core of Black Forest cake, stewed plums, mulberries and redcurrant jelly, plus a waft of cast-iron pan. The elegantly styled, medium-bodied palate (13% alcohol) fills the mouth with intense red and black berry preserves layers, framed by evolved, soft-textured tannins and well-knit freshness, finishing long and spicy. This vintage does not have the power and backbone of an outstanding vintage of Latour, but it is aging gracefully and, still possessing a lot of discernible fruit with plenty of tertiary pizazz, is absolutely delicious to drink right now. This sweet-spot stage is likely to continue for another 5-7 years, before the wine plateaus at a maturity peak and holds for a further 15+ years.

93 points, Lisa Perotti-Brown MW, The Wine Advocate

The 2013 Latour comes from an infamously growing season that saw 30% more rain than the 25-year average and outbreaks of botrytis from 20 September, just seven days prior to the picking that was completed on 11 October. Deep purple in color, initially it has a relatively light bouquet compared to other vintages, scents of blackberry, raspberry preserve and pencil shavings plus hints of gravel. There are certainly no vegetal or green aromas. It has commendable purity, though it does not possess the complexity of profundity of a bona fide great Latour. Monitoring over time, it coheres and gains delineation, peaking about two or three hours after opening, so do not be averse to a short decant. The palate is medium-bodied with graphite-tinged black fruit, just a touch of cracked black pepper and noticeable salinity on the finish. Whilst it does not have Latour’s signature backbone or gravitas, it is approachable, harmonious and winsome. Frankly, it’s about as good as the Left Bank gets in this vintage. Drink 2022-2032

91 points, Neal Martin, Vinous.com

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