2005 Chateau Latour Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
  • WE 100
  • W&S 100
  • WS 99
  • JS 99
  • IWC 98
  • NM 98
  • WA 98
  • VN 96
  • JR 91

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ETA: Feb. 2019

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WE 100
Wine Enthusiast, June 2008
A great wine, the summation of a great vintage in Bordeaux. The core of richness, the dense, bone-dry tannins, the black currants, red berries and black plum skins are the elements, but it's the way they have been... A great wine, the summation of a great vintage in Bordeaux. The core of richness, the dense, bone-dry tannins, the black currants, red berries and black plum skins are the elements, but it's the way they have been integrated that makes this such an impressive wine. There is great elegance as well, a fabulous counterpoint to such power. Cellar for at least 15 years, but this will keep forever.
W&S 100
Wine & Spirits, October 2008
How rare to confront a wine of this inner strength and perfect form. Grown at a 116-acre vineyard at the southern border of Pauillac, some of the vines now reaching 100 years of age on a gravel bar overlooking the... How rare to confront a wine of this inner strength and perfect form. Grown at a 116-acre vineyard at the southern border of Pauillac, some of the vines now reaching 100 years of age on a gravel bar overlooking the Gironde, Latour harvests cabernet sauvignon with natural power. I could describe it as colors, from glistening ruby to purple-black then back to scarlet tannins that vibrate in red. Or just the pure, unadulterated flavor of black currant, unformed as a child is unformed, beautiful as a child is beautiful. However I might describe it, the wine is stronger than I am and will outlast me by decades. This is the most provocative and most brilliant Latour I have tasted on release.
WS 99
Wine Spectator, March 2008
Dark ruby black in color. Brilliant intense aromas of mineral blackberry and currant with hints of Indian spices and cigar box lead to a full-bodied palate with ultrafine tannins and a beautiful balance of blackberry... Dark ruby black in color. Brilliant intense aromas of mineral blackberry and currant with hints of Indian spices and cigar box lead to a full-bodied palate with ultrafine tannins and a beautiful balance of blackberry raspberry and mineral. There's subtlety yet also great depth. Lasts for minutes on the palate. This is a Latour with fabulous tone and vigor. Best after 2018. 12500 cases made. –JS
JS 99
jamessuckling.com, March 2018
Very open and beautiful now with currants, light chocolate and spices. Incense as well. Full-bodied, tight and reserved with a fantastic center palate of fruit and firm tannins. Closed and hiding behind the structure and... Very open and beautiful now with currants, light chocolate and spices. Incense as well. Full-bodied, tight and reserved with a fantastic center palate of fruit and firm tannins. Closed and hiding behind the structure and depth. Needs time to open still but already a joy to taste (drink!).
IWC 98
Stephen Tanzer's IWC, May 2008
Deep ruby-red. Reticent brooding aromas of cassis black plum graphite and flowers. Then utterly explosive in the mouth with wonderful sappy complexity of flavor and a thickness of texture that builds and builds toward the... Deep ruby-red. Reticent brooding aromas of cassis black plum graphite and flowers. Then utterly explosive in the mouth with wonderful sappy complexity of flavor and a thickness of texture that builds and builds toward the back almost no sign of the new oak here. Offers a near-magical combination of power and refinement but this extremely primary wine is still an infant. Finishes with extraordinary persistence that leaves the palate vibrating. One of the greatest young Bordeaux I've tasted in recent years and more complete and classic than the outrageously lush 2003. For his part Engerer feels that this wine combines the best traits of the 2003 and 2000 Latours. I made the mistake of retasting the 2007 after trying this and the tannins of the younger wine came off as dry by comparison.
NM 98
Neal Martin's Wine Journal, February 2015
The Château Latour 2005 has an outgoing and ebullient bouquet with blackberries, wild strawberry, minerals and wilted rose petals. It has great intensity and authority, a bouquet that is polished but not over-buffed. The... The Château Latour 2005 has an outgoing and ebullient bouquet with blackberries, wild strawberry, minerals and wilted rose petals. It has great intensity and authority, a bouquet that is polished but not over-buffed. The palate is full-bodied with a silky smooth entry. The acidity is beautifully judged, layers of small red cherries, raspberry and cedar, with graphite revealed towards the long and persistent finish with startling architecture. Outstanding.
WA 98
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2017
The 2005 Latour has long been a formidable wine. I was granted the opportunity to re-taste the 2005 at the property after their estate released library reserves in February 2017. Now at twelve years of age, it has... The 2005 Latour has long been a formidable wine. I was granted the opportunity to re-taste the 2005 at the property after their estate released library reserves in February 2017. Now at twelve years of age, it has retained that riveting bouquet of black cherries and black plum, crème de cassis and graphite, although I find less of the latter compared to previous bottles (including the one tasted blind just three weeks earlier). The palate is very well balanced with blackberry, black plum, sea salt, a hint of balsamic, quite spicy in the mouth with a hint of cloves. There is immense weight and presence in the mouth, although I wonder whether the tannins are as fine as say the 2010 or even the nascent 2016 Latour tasted alongside? Either way, it remains a fabulous First Growth destined to last many, many years. Tasted March 2017. - Neal Martin
VN 96
Vinous, May 2017
96+ The 2005 Latour is nowhere near being ready to drink. For example, both the 2001 and 2002 were much more expressive when they were re-released a few years ago. The 2005, on the other hand is quite muted, especially... 96+ The 2005 Latour is nowhere near being ready to drink. For example, both the 2001 and 2002 were much more expressive when they were re-released a few years ago. The 2005, on the other hand is quite muted, especially in its aromatics. There is plenty of depth, power and overall persistence, but readers have to be prepared to cellar the 2005 for at least another few years. Its longevity, on the other hand, should not be an issue. -- Antonio Galloni
JR 91
Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, April 2017
(17.5++/20) Dark with some ruby edge. Smudgy nose. Relatively light and burnt edges. Not the most focused. Edgy. Lots of tannins but needs time. Sweeter than one would imagine and tannins softer than one would expect... (17.5++/20) Dark with some ruby edge. Smudgy nose. Relatively light and burnt edges. Not the most focused. Edgy. Lots of tannins but needs time. Sweeter than one would imagine and tannins softer than one would expect. Much softer than expected. Tightens up on the end.
JJB 97
JJ Buckley, April 2006
87% Cabernet Sauvignon 12% Merlot 1% Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Inky red/purple that doesn't fade. Cool minty dark chocolate on the nose with big dark plum and black cherry notes. Rich and full big tannic structure... 87% Cabernet Sauvignon 12% Merlot 1% Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Inky red/purple that doesn't fade. Cool minty dark chocolate on the nose with big dark plum and black cherry notes. Rich and full big tannic structure that is well integrated. A smoky long fruit finish this is a complex and beautiful wine. Fairly open for such a young wine. Tannins are nice and soft.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pauillac
Vintage 2005

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

Chateau Latour

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.