2023 Château Latour-Martillac Blanc, Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux

2023 Château Latour-Martillac Blanc, Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux

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2023 Château Latour-Martillac Blanc, Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux

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6 x 75cl bottle
Berry Bros. & Rudd BB&R 14 cases £168.00
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3 x 150cl magnum
Berry Bros. & Rudd BB&R 3 cases £177.00
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1 x 300cl double magnum
Berry Bros. & Rudd BB&R 1 case £152.00
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1 x 600cl imperial
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Description

Lime juice, citrus fruit, fresh peach, kiwi, liqourice and slate character, good grip and lift. Unfussy and bright.

Drink 2024 - 2032

Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com (April 2024)

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Jane Anson92/100

Lime juice, citrus fruit, fresh peach, kiwi, liqourice and slate character, good grip and lift. Unfussy and bright.

Drink 2024 - 2032

Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com (April 2024)

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous89-91/100

The 2023 Latour-Martillac Blanc is a tense, steel dry white. Lemon peel, chalk, white pepper, sage, mint and crushed rocks lend brightness and energy. I like the vibrancy here, but I just wish there was a bit more mid-palate creaminess. At this stage, the Blanc is a bit austere. Tasted two times.

Drink 2027 - 2035

Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com (April 2024)

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Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW91-93/100

The white Latour-Martillac 2023 is a little quiet and shy at this stage, offering glimpses of Bosc pears, lemonade, and applesauce, with touches of crushed rocks and white pepper. The medium-bodied palate is racy with good intensity, delivery citrus and mineral layers, with a savory lift on the finish.

Drink 2025 - 2029

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent (May 2024)

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Jancis Robinson MW16/20

60% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Sémillon. Cask sample.

Aromatic, the Sauvignon component to the fore plus a chalky edge. Mid-palate fruit present. Clean and relatively appetising.

Drink 2025 - 2029

James Lawther MW, JancisRobinson.com (April 2024)

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Wine Advocate89-91/100

The 2023 Blanc from Latour Martillac reveals aromas of confit citron, lime, lime tree leaves, herbs and spices, followed by a juicy, round and layered palate framed by bright acids and a mouthwatering finish with delicate smoky hints. This blend of 60% Sauvignon Blanc and 40% Sémillon was matured 20% in new oak barrels.

Drink 2025 - 2035

Yohan Castaing, Wine Advocate (April 2024)

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James Suckling93-94/100

A bright and delicious white with gooseberry, citrus-blossom and crushed-stone character. It’s mineral and fresh with a medium body and vivid acidity. Tense and energetic with an attractively phenolic finish.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com (April 2024)

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Jeb Dunnuck91-94/100

Light gold-hued, with ripe lemon and citrus fruit aromas, the 2023 Château Latour-Martillac Blanc is medium-bodied and has a balanced, layered mouthfeel, bright yet integrated acidity, and complex notes of spice, toast, mint, and leafy herbs. It's a beautifully textured, rich, yet still racy white with tons to love.

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com (May 2024)

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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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Sauvignon Blanc & Sémillon

Sauvignon 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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