2005 Latour, Chateau Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 1.5L

  • WS 99
  • IWC 98
  • NM 98
  • WA 98

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WS 99
Wine Spectator - 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
IWC 98
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - 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 - 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 - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2015
The 2005 Latour (87% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot) is a spectacular effort from Château Latour. It has an inky plum/purple color and a gorgeous nose of graphite, crème de cassis, and floral... The 2005 Latour (87% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot) is a spectacular effort from Château Latour. It has an inky plum/purple color and a gorgeous nose of graphite, crème de cassis, and floral notes with some forest floor in the background. It is full-bodied, super-concentrated, and for my taste, probably one of the two or three most intense, rich, and complex wines of the entire Médoc. The wine has great texture, purity and a finish of close to 40 or 45 seconds. The tannins are surprisingly sweet, even in this large-scaled, masculine wine. Drink it over the next 50+ years. - Robert M. Parker, Jr.
JJB 97
Mike Supple - 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

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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.