2020 Château Latour-Martillac Blanc, Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux

2020 Château Latour-Martillac Blanc, Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux

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2020 Château Latour-Martillac Blanc, Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux

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Sauvignon Blanc 68%, Sémillon 32%

Ch. Latour-Martillac’s white wine is sometimes overlooked, perhaps because it’s not always as obvious as some of its peers. In fact, this is a very clever wine; it’s understated but delicious, and among the most mineral of the region. The 2020 begins with wonderful citrus notes of fresh lemon, with stone-fruit and lemon oil. It then opens out into a well-sculpted palate of subtle cumin spice and an appealing saline edge, but with all the aromatic notes still intact. This is a tasty and very interesting wine.

Drink 2022-2032

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About this WINE

Chateau Latour-Martillac

Chateau Latour-Martillac

La Tour Martillac has been owned and managed by the Kressmann family since the late 19th century and now under the stewardship of Tristan and Loïc Kressmann.

The tower that gives its name to this estate is all that remains of the 12th century fortification. The reds are typically a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (59%), Merlot (35%) and Malbec (6%). The whites are produced from Semillon (60%), Sauvignon Blanc (35%) and Muscasdelle (5%)

The wines have continued to improve in quality with the aid of some top Bordeaux consultants. Famously the gold and black label dates back to 1929, designed specifically for a bottle served in 1936 for the coronation of George Vl.

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Pessac-Leognan

Pessac-Leognan

In 1986 a new communal district was created within Graves, in Bordeaux,  based on the districts of Pessac and Léognan, the first of which lies within the suburbs of the city. Essentially this came about through pressure from Pessac-Léognan vignerons, who wished to disassociate themselves from growers with predominately sandy soils further south in Graves.

Pessac-Léognan has the best soils of the region, very similar to those of the Médoc, although the depth of gravel is more variable, and contains all the classed growths of the region. Some of its great names, including Ch. Haut-Brion, even sit serenely and resolutely in Bordeaux's southern urban sprawl.

The climate is milder than to the north of the city and the harvest can occur up to two weeks earlier. This gives the best wines a heady, rich and almost savoury character, laced with notes of tobacco, spice and leather. Further south, the soil is sandier with more clay, and the wines are lighter, fruity and suitable for earlier drinking.

Recommended Châteaux: Ch. Haut-Brion, Ch. la Mission Haut-Brion, Ch. Pape Clément, Ch Haut-Bailly, Domaine de Chevalier, Ch. Larrivet-Haut-Brion, Ch. Carmes Haut-Brion, Ch. La Garde, Villa Bel-Air.

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Sauv.Blanc & Sémillon

Sauv.Blanc & Sémillon

The blend used for White Graves and Sauternes and rarely encountered outside France. In the great dry whites of Graves, Sauvignon Blanc tends to predominate in the blend, although properties such as Smith Haut Lafite use 100% Sauvignon Blanc while others such as Laville Haut Brion have as much as 60% Sémillon in their final blends. Sauvignon Blanc wines can lose their freshness and fruit after a couple of years in bottle - if blended with Sémillon, then the latter bolsters the wine when the initial fruit from the Sauvignon fades. Ultimately Sauvignon Blanc gives the wine its aroma and raciness while Sémillon gives it backbone and longevity.

In Sauternes, Sémillon is dominant, with Sauvignon Blanc playing a supporting role - it is generally harvested about 10 days before Sémillon and the botrytis concentrates its sweetness and dampens Sauvignon Blanc`s naturally pungent aroma. It contributes acidity, zip and freshness to Sauternes and is an important component of the blend.

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Critics reviews

Jane Anson93/100
Antonio Galloni, Vinous88-90/100
Neal Martin, Vinous93-95/100
Neal Martin, Vinous93-95/100
Wine Advocate91-93/100
James Suckling92-93/100
Jane Anson93/100
I love this white, it has confidence and power and a sense of direction as well as a slate minerality that drags though the palate in a good way. Savoury white fruit - good stuff. A yield of 44hl/ha, 25% new oak. 14 months ageing on lees.

Drink 2022 - 2030

Jane Anson, Decanter.com (May 2021) Read more
Antonio Galloni, Vinous88-90/100
The 2020 Latour-Martillac Blanc is laced with hints of dried flowers, lemon peel, almond and chamomile. There is a pretty sense of airiness that is quite attractive, but the Blanc comes across as a bit diffuse and not totally put together just yet.

Drink from 2025 to 2035

Antonio Galloni, Vinous (June 2021) Read more
Neal Martin, Vinous93-95/100
The 2020 Latour-Martillac Blanc has a more reserved bouquet compared to its peers, but still quite compelling, with crushed rock infusing the dried yellow flowers, white peach and chai tea scents. I could nose this all day. The very well-balanced palate is quite intense, offering a fine bead of acidity and plenty of tension and mineralité toward the saline finish. If I was going to spend my money on one dry white Bordeaux this year, it might well be this.

Neil Martin, vinous.com (April 2021) Read more
Neal Martin, Vinous93-95/100
The 2020 Latour-Martillac Blanc has a more reserved bouquet compared to its peers, but still quite compelling, with crushed rock infusing the dried yellow flowers, white peach and chai tea scents. I could nose this all day. The very well-balanced palate is quite intense, offering a fine bead of acidity and plenty of tension and mineralité toward the saline finish. If I was going to spend my money on one dry white Bordeaux this year, it might well be this.

Drink from 2024 to 2040

Neal Martin, Vinous (May 2021) Read more
Wine Advocate91-93/100
The 2020 Latour Martillac Blanc has a fragrant nose of lemongrass, spiced pears and lime leaves, plus hints of fresh peaches and shaved almonds. The medium-bodied palate has an impressively racy backbone cutting through the intense citrus and stone fruit flavors, finishing long and zesty

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (May 2021) Read more
James Suckling92-93/100
A dense yet fresh white with sliced lemon and cooked apple. Green mango, too. Phenolic tension. Full-bodied and layered. Solid phenolics at the end.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (April 2021) Read more