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2010 Ch. Latour, Pauillac

Ch. Latour, Pauillac
After last year’s utter show-stopper I wasn’t really looking forward to tasting this year’s offering, truth be told. How could it leave me totally speechless ? How could it be flawless? I should have had more faith! A hushed awe fell over our merry band of tasters as this legend drew us into its profound depths. Such power, but with such incredible precision and intensity – any form or combination of descriptive words just doesn't do it justice. It had the same effect on us as last year but very different in way.

Last year the generous, voluptuous, seductive puppy fat of the vintage lay majestically over the fine tannins and elegant structure of the wine. This year the incredibly fine tannins encapsulate the rich, ripe, round and dense perfect core and a finish that's almost never ending. A sensational double triumph, it’s up there with Ch. Margaux as the wine of this incredible vintage.
(90.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8.5% Merlot, 0.5% Cabernet Franc, 0.5% Petit Verdot. )
 (Simon Staples, BBR Fine Wine Director)Château Latour


BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
20/20 20/20 19/20 100/100 99 96 - 99/100
Ch. Latour, Pauillac
A glorious follow up to the 2009 with even lower yields, considerably more alcohol and tannin, a little more acidity and massive, muscular concentration. This is a very dense wine, built for the long haul. One wine-­writing colleague lamented that he wouldn’t live long enough to drink it at its peak and I know how he feels. Liquorice,
sweet spice, vanilla oak and dark black fruits are thickly entwined on the palate here.
(Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com, May 2011)

BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
20/20 20/20 19/20 100/100 99 96 - 99/100
Ch. Latour, Pauillac
Chateau Latour, reveals a sensational depth of colour, incredible sweetness and ripeness of fruit, but very massive now. A monumental expression of the Latour vineyards.
(Steven Spurrier – Decanter – Apr 2011)


BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
20/20 20/20 19/20 100/100 99 96 - 99/100
Ch. Latour, Pauillac
The 2010 Ch Latour is 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.
(Jancis Robinson MW- jancis robinson.com, Apr 2011)



BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
20/20 20/20 19/20 100/100 99 96 - 99/100
Ch. Latour, Pauillac
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.
(100 Robert Parker- Wine Advocate- Feb 2013)

It’s too early to know for sure, but the 2010 Latour appears to be a huge and massive Pauillac fruit bomb from this property. With 14.4% natural alcohol, this blend of 90.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8.5% Merlot and .5% Cabernet Franc, director Frederic Engerer told me it is unlike any other wine made at this estate. Possessing abundant amounts of everything, it even eclipses the 2009 in terms of power with a lower pH and higher total acidity. Representing only 36% of the production (making it even more difficult to find than usual, as this is the smallest of the Medoc first growths), it possesses an opaque black/purple color along with an extraordinary perfume of spring flowers, blueberry, blackberry and cassis liqueurs and hints of white chocolate as well as earth intermixed with vague charcoal and truffle-like components. With unreal concentration, full-bodied power, and a precision, freshness and refined level of tannins that are something to behold, this remarkable offering is one of my personal favorites of the vintage. It will undoubtedly shut down after bottling and enjoy 50-60 years of longevity.
(98-100 Robert Parker- Wine Advocate- May 2011)

BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
20/20 20/20 19/20 100/100 99 96 - 99/100
Ch. Latour, Pauillac
Lush and layered, with nearly endless fig sauce, currant compote and blackberry cobbler notes, wound with cocoa, espresso and charcoal. This wine is seamless, despite its power and range, with hints of violet, blood orange and spice box flittering in.
(James Molesworth – The Wine Spectator – Mar 2011)

BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
20/20 20/20 19/20 100/100 99 96 - 99/100
Ch. Latour, Pauillac
Product: 7794
Maturity: Drink 2025-2075 (For laying down)
Vintage: 2010
Origin: France » Bordeaux » Pauillac Map of the region
Producer: Château Latour
Grape Variety: Cab.Sauvignon Blend
Style: Full Bodied, Dry, 14% alcohol
Closure Type: Cork
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BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
20/20 20/20 19/20 100/100 99 96 - 99/100
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