2000 Latour, Chateau Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 375ML
  • WS 100
  • WA 98
  • WE 98
  • IWC 97

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WS 100
Wine Spectator, March 2003
A young wine that electrifies every taste bud in your mouth. Compacted aromas of crushed currants and minerals with roses and lilacs. Full-bodied with masses of silky refined tannins and a finish that lasts for minutes... A young wine that electrifies every taste bud in your mouth. Compacted aromas of crushed currants and minerals with roses and lilacs. Full-bodied with masses of silky refined tannins and a finish that lasts for minutes. Stunning. Best Latour since 1990. Best after 2012. 14165 cases made. -JS
WA 98
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2010
The 2000 Latour (a relatively abundant 14000 cases compared to what they produced in 2009 2008 or 2005) is "packed and stacked." The extremely rich black/purple color to the rim is followed by a wine with some subtle... The 2000 Latour (a relatively abundant 14000 cases compared to what they produced in 2009 2008 or 2005) is "packed and stacked." The extremely rich black/purple color to the rim is followed by a wine with some subtle smoke loads of minerals a hint of vanilla and plenty of creme de cassis as well as roasted meat and a slight scorched earth character. Broad savory and rich the wine seems to be about 5 years away from full maturity and should drink well for at least 40-50 more years. A great effort probably eclipsed only by 2003 and 2009.
WE 98
Wine Enthusiast, June 2003
This is such an expressive wine with elegance a major factor in its character. It is certainly huge rich and dense. But there is much more to it. You can peel layers of fruit and tannins away and still never get to the... This is such an expressive wine with elegance a major factor in its character. It is certainly huge rich and dense. But there is much more to it. You can peel layers of fruit and tannins away and still never get to the end of the wine's complexity. At every stage of its life it will reveal a new character but for now it is dominated by powerful tannins and huge black fruit. R.V.
IWC 97
Stephen Tanzer's IWC, June 2003
Full medium ruby. Wonderfully sweet rich aromas of cassis minerals and bitter chocolate. A huge wine with almost painful intensity; solid as a rock and at the same time utterly sensual and creamy with great inner-mouth... Full medium ruby. Wonderfully sweet rich aromas of cassis minerals and bitter chocolate. A huge wine with almost painful intensity; solid as a rock and at the same time utterly sensual and creamy with great inner-mouth complexity and depth of flavor and a complete absence of rough edges. "Almost too easy today" says Engerer. Sweet notes of roasted nuts and chocolate add to the wine's early appeal. A powerful hugely rich Latour with a great building finish and perfectly suave tannins. This was really the last vintage of Latour with a meaningful percentage (3%) of cabernet franc as the old franc vines were removed after 2000. But Engerer noted that Latour planted 1.5 hectares of petit verdot which can be expected to represent up to 4% of the blend by 2004. 97 points
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pauillac
Vintage 2000

Label

The wines of Chateau Latour need time to mature, generally at least ten or fifteen years, before they can be drunk. It is only then that the full complexity of the bouquet is expressed and the palate becomes sufficiently well integrated to be enjoyable and harmonious.

Winery

Latour, Chateau

Chateau Latour, one of Bordeaux’s oldest and most famous wine producers, is a First Growth in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification. It’s located in Pauillac near the border with Saint-Julien.

Vines have existed on the property since the 14th century, but Chateau Latour first began producing wines of great quality in the early eighteenth century. The estate gradually came to specialize in wine production, with 38 hectares of vines in 1759 and 47 hectares in 1794.

The vineyard currently has 78 hectares in production. The grapes from the 47 hectares surrounding the chateau, known as “L’Enclos”, are used in the production of the Grand Vin. The 30 hectares outside of the Enclos are used for the Forts de Latour and the Pauillac wines. The estate is planted with about 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, and 2% Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot on gravelly hilltops and clay subsoil.