2008 Chateau Latour Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
2008 Chateau Latour Bordeaux Blend
  • JL 97
  • WE 96
  • JD 96
  • WA 95
  • JS 95
  • NM 95
  • DC 95
  • WS 94

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JL 97
TheWineCellarInsider.com, September 2018
There is a lightening in the color, giving a slight bricking effect. The wine is as concentrated as it is tannic. This is still youthful, fresh and holding on to most of what it has to offer. There is definite power here...   There is a lightening in the color, giving a slight bricking effect. The wine is as concentrated as it is tannic. This is still youthful, fresh and holding on to most of what it has to offer. There is definite power here, and layers of ripe, juicy, dark, red berries. Clearly this wine has improved over the decade, as you would have expected. But it is still on the young/semi-strict side, so you should wait another 10 years or more. Utilizing only 40% of the harvest for the Grand Vin, the wine was made by blending 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, and 1% Cabernet Franc. Read more at:https://www.thewinecellarinsider.com/search-wine-tasting-notes/?szSearch=2008+Latour  
WE 96
Wine Enthusiast, April 2011
Expressive fruit aromas and wood perfumes announce this wine. With 94% Cabernet Sauvignon this is a complex wine marked by purity of black fruits berries toast and tannins. It has power richness and a lovely edge of spice...   Expressive fruit aromas and wood perfumes announce this wine. With 94% Cabernet Sauvignon this is a complex wine marked by purity of black fruits berries toast and tannins. It has power richness and a lovely edge of spice to go with the acidity. The wine is firmly structured while bursting with fruit and freshness. R.V.  
JD 96
jebdunnuck.com, June 2019
I continue to love the 2008 Château Latour, unquestionably in the top handful of wines in the vintage. A rich, powerful blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, this ruby/purple-hued beauty...   I continue to love the 2008 Château Latour, unquestionably in the top handful of wines in the vintage. A rich, powerful blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, this ruby/purple-hued beauty boasts a classic Latour nose of blackcurrants, spice box, saddle leather, tobacco leaf, and cedar pencil. Deep, medium to full-bodied, and perfectly balanced, give it another 2-3 years, count yourself lucky, and enjoy bottles over the following 2-3 decades.  
WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2019
Composed of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 0.75% Cabernet Franc and 0.25% Petit Verdot, the 2008 Latour gives a medium to deep garnet color and slips sensuously out of the glass with Chinese five spice, unsmoked...   Composed of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 0.75% Cabernet Franc and 0.25% Petit Verdot, the 2008 Latour gives a medium to deep garnet color and slips sensuously out of the glass with Chinese five spice, unsmoked cigars, sandalwood and dried roses scents over a core of warm cassis, Black Forest cake, chocolate mint and smoked meats plus a waft of black olives and garrigue. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is well-sustained in the middle with generous black fruits and lovely red fruit sparks, layered with savory nuances and a firm, grainy backbone, finishing with bags of perfume and freshness. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown  
JS 95
jamessuckling.com, December 2010
Gorgeous aromas. Sandalwood and flowers so perfumed and beautiful. Spices and currants with cassis too. Amazing nose. Such beauty and density with an iron and pure fruit character. Solid and racy. Best after 2015.
NM 95
Neal Martin's Wine Journal, February 2012
Tasted ex-château and single blind in Southwold. The Latour 2008 has a reserved slightly tertiary bouquet that if aristocratic and rather aloof compared to say Lafite 2008. Yet it has immense focus and tension...   Tasted ex-château and single blind in Southwold. The Latour 2008 has a reserved slightly tertiary bouquet that if aristocratic and rather aloof compared to say Lafite 2008. Yet it has immense focus and tension mineral-laden blackberry graphite and cassis. The palate is full-bodied with firm slightly chewy tannins that will take some considerable time to soften. Clean and crisp with unerring symmetry yet somehow uncompromising and far less generous than say the 2009. This will require a couple of decades in the cellar when that embryonic generosity that is demonstrated in barrel will spring forth. Tasted January 2012.95+  
DC 95
Decanter, February 2021
A little subdued, as with the Lafite right now, but this is built to last and is layered and structured. Liquorice, cassis and blueberry notes take the lead, with a punch of tannic power and a crushed mint leaf finish. A...   A little subdued, as with the Lafite right now, but this is built to last and is layered and structured. Liquorice, cassis and blueberry notes take the lead, with a punch of tannic power and a crushed mint leaf finish. A classic Latour, starting to be ready to drink but sure to age for decades from here. A seductive smoke note appears with time in the glass. Harvest September 29 to October 14. 40% of overall production.  
WS 94
Wine Spectator, April 2011
This is dense and muscular, but balanced, with the flesh to offset the sinew, as pure mulled black currant, melted fig and crushed plum fruit is caressed by substantial but fine-grained structure. The long, iron- and...   This is dense and muscular, but balanced, with the flesh to offset the sinew, as pure mulled black currant, melted fig and crushed plum fruit is caressed by substantial but fine-grained structure. The long, iron- and tobacco-filled finish has excellent focus and drive. This could rival LLC for longest-lived wine of the vintage. Best from 2013 through 2022. 9,500 cases made. — JM  
Category Description
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pauillac
Vintage 2008
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13.5%
Closure Cork

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.