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The 2007 Latour (the first wine made in the newly renovated cellars) exhibits a dense ruby/purple color as well as a sweet, expansive bouquet of black fruits and spring flowers interwoven with a striking minerality. The wine's dense, medium to full-bodied flavors are surprisingly evolved, with soft tannins, an ample, generous mouthfeel, and an endearing texture. Undoubtedly one of the longest lived wines of the vintage, the 2007 Latour should last for two decades or more. Drink 2010-2030.
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The 2007 Latour is the most recent late-release from the First Growth estate that abandoned en primeur after the 2011 vintage. Incidentally, this was the first vintage that Frédéric Engerer made with cellar technical director, Hélène Génin. "It was not an easy wine when it was young," he remarked when pouring the wine. Nevertheless, as it approaches ten years of age, the 2007 is finally entering its drinking plateau. It has a deep, quite lucid, dark garnet color. The nose is fresh and well defined. What I appreciate here is the focus, since 2007 was never a vintage to bestow power or immense complexity. Here, you wallow in lovely aromas of blackberry, bilberry and briary with that hint of black olive that I noticed four years ago when I last tasted it. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. It feels attractively saline, fresh and crisp, though not angular. Again, it is the focus and detail that enhances this vibrant Château Latour and its keen line of acidity lends it the freshness to become just about drinkable. The length is moderate, rather than extraordinarily long, though its pencil lead finish takes you straight to Pauillac thereby enhancing typicité. This is a fine Latour from an underrated vintage. Drink: 2017 - 2037
Tasted blind at the 2007 Bordeaux horizontal in Southwold. The Latour 2007 has a high-toned bouquet, the new oak more prominent than the others in this blind flight with scents of blackberry, black olive and just a hint of fresh dates lending it an atypical hint of opulence. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins, a touch of liquorice, segues into a juicy, generous finish that coats the mouth, but still primal and backward, perhaps yet to discover its personality? Give this 4-5 years at least.
The Latour 2007 includes 15% pressed wine, the most since 1999. Limpid purple/garnet core with pink rim. An attractive nose, thematically following the Les Forts de Latour with a certain femininity with an attractive brightness. Excellent delineation. Builds nicely in the glass when I return to it after ten minutes developing a slight briny note, almost oyster shell quality. The palate is full-bodied, firm robust tannins, not the fruit intensity of previous vintages, again a rather stripped down Latour but still with excellent balance and very focused. Graphite, cedar and smoke towards the finish that is drier finish than usual. A difficult Latour to warm to. Another wine that I will seek to taste closer to bottling. Tasted April 2008.
Very pretty and refined, with wonderful, silky tannin texture and ripeness. Full and harmonious, with lots of fruit at the end. A reserved and subtle wine
Highest percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon ever. Round and smooth and quite powerful. Very modern and easy – “Peynaud school of extraction”, according to Frédéric Engerer. Not flashy! But a bit like malted milk. Very soft as opposed to the usual Latour style. Very round. Represents 2007 but not especially Latour (cf Las Cases) . "We really tried to muscle it up as much as we could”, said Engerer (they included 16% press wine, much more than usual). But it’s not that fresh. Well made but extremely unusual – a bit like 2003 by Bollinger in that respect. Perhaps it should be called ‘2007 by Latour’, come to think of it? Drink 2014-23
Good full ruby-red. Fresh aromas of cassis, tobacco leaf, minerals, graphite and licorice. Sweet, dense and consistent from start to finish, with enticing flavors of dark berries and chocolate given good grip by firm but fine-grained, palate-saturating tannins. Very nicely balanced, supple wine with a rebound of flavor on the end. On the soft side by Latour standards but wonderfully suave.
The nose is action packed, a mass of powerful black fruits and this richness is very apparent on the plate. Layer upon layer of fruit gives complexity fleshed out by dark chocolate. Towards the back there is acidity from the black cherries and bilberries tending to lighten the finish
Black-red, full of crunchy, spicy fruit, with great purity and length, not yet showing the power of its 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, still almost a baby and will gain weight and depth in barrel and bottle. Drink 2014-25. 4 stars.