2003 Latour, Chateau Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 375ML
  • WA 100
  • WS 98
  • IWC 97

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WA 100
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2014
Administrator Frederic Engerer says the 2003 is “the sexiest Latour ever made.” He also described it as “the 1990 without any brettanomyces.” I loved this wine from the barrel and was fortunate enough to be able to... Administrator Frederic Engerer says the 2003 is “the sexiest Latour ever made.” He also described it as “the 1990 without any brettanomyces.” I loved this wine from the barrel and was fortunate enough to be able to purchase a small quantity, enjoying every bottle I have had. A profound example of Chateau Latour, the full-bodied, opulent 2003 is already performing well at age eleven, which is somewhat atypical. The pH is a relatively high 3.8, which also indicates low acidity. The wine is very ripe, but not over-ripe, offers great freshness, and lots of creme de cassis and camphor as well as hints of blackberries and chocolate. Dense, thick and unctuously textured, this staggering Latour is undeniably the most sumptuous, opulent wine made here since the 1982 or 1961. Drink it over the next two decades. - Robert M. Parker, Jr.
WS 98
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, March 2006
Intense aromas of blackberry licorice currant and mineral. Full-bodied with very well-integrated tannins and a long long finish. Very refined and beautiful. Goes on for minutes. This reminds me of the fabulous 1996. But... Intense aromas of blackberry licorice currant and mineral. Full-bodied with very well-integrated tannins and a long long finish. Very refined and beautiful. Goes on for minutes. This reminds me of the fabulous 1996. But even better. Best after 2012. 10000 cases made.
IWC 97
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, June 2006
Red-ruby. Explosive aromas of plum liqueur currant minerals and lead pencil. Huge lush sweet and utterly seamless; this has the palate-caressing texture of liquid velvet. About as deep as this extreme vintage gets... Red-ruby. Explosive aromas of plum liqueur currant minerals and lead pencil. Huge lush sweet and utterly seamless; this has the palate-caressing texture of liquid velvet. About as deep as this extreme vintage gets. Finishes with noble compellingly sweet tannins and great length. This is amazing wine and only its exotic character prevented me from giving it an even higher score...
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pauillac
Vintage 2003

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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.