2018 Latour Martillac Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 6L
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WE 95 JS 93 JL 93 WA 93 WS 93 DC 92 JA 92 JD 92
WE 95

Wine Enthusiast, May 2021

Owned by the Kressmann family, this estate has released an ageworthy wine. Rich tannins are balanced by dark, juicy blackberry fruits and dense, concentrated tannins. The wine needs to age, so drink from 2026. - Roger Voss
JS 93

jamessuckling.com, January 2021

Aromas of blackcurrant, spiced cherry, charred wood and some smoked meat. It’s medium-to full-bodied with firm, fine-grained tannins. Tight layers of dark fruit and spice. Better from 2024.
JL 93

TheWineCellarInsider.com, March 2021

Vanilla, plums and smoky red fruits with a touch of flowers create the nose. Silky, medium-bodied, sweet, fresh, supple and juicy, with a little touch of cocoa in the finish, this is one of the best, if not the finest...
WA 93

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, March 2021

(93+ points) Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2018 Latour Martillac comes barreling out of the glass with bold notes of baked blackberries, plum preserves and redcurrant jelly, plus suggestions of garrigue, pencil...
WS 93

Wine Spectator, January 2021

Sleek, with mesquite-infused cassis laced with an additional iron and sanguine thread. Finish picks up light savory and tobacco details. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2032. — J.M.
DC 92

Decanter, June 2023

2018 was especially excellent for the red wine from this estate. It’s seductive, velvety, generous and round, and it’s bursting with scents of berries, herbs and peonies. It’s also balanced, despite the high alcohol.
JA 92

janeanson.com, September 2021

Powerful with impact, has plenty of signature Pessac Leognan confidence and deft rich fruits, blackberry and black cherry straying ovr to ripe fig. Smoked cedar and clove suggest pretty hefty extraction and needs more...
JD 92

jebdunnuck.com, March 2021

A plump, up-front, and nicely textured Pessac, the 2018 Château Latour-Martillac has lots of red and black fruits, classic Graves notes of damp earth, tobacco, and earth, medium to full body, ripe tannins, and wonderful...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 2018
Size 6L
Percent alcohol 14.5%

The 2018 Latour Martillac is a Bordeaux Blend from the esteemed Pessac Leognan sub-region of Bordeaux, France. This vintage is noted for its deep garnet-purple color and a robust profile, with an alcohol content of 14.5%. The wine is produced by Latour Martillac and is composed of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, and 8% Petit Verdot.

James Suckling, from jamessuckling.com, awarded this wine a score of 93, describing it as having “aromas of blackcurrant, spiced cherry, charred wood, and some smoked meat.” He notes the wine’s medium to full body with firm, fine-grained tannins and suggests it will be better from 2024 onwards.

Wine Enthusiast’s Roger Voss gave the wine an excellent score of 95, highlighting its ageworthiness and rich tannins balanced by “dark, juicy blackberry fruits.” He advises that the wine needs more time to mature and recommends drinking it from 2026.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, represented by Lisa Perrotti-Brown, also rated the wine 93 points. She detailed its “bold notes of baked blackberries, plum preserves, and redcurrant jelly,” complemented by hints of garrigue, pencil shavings, and menthol. Perrotti-Brown praised its sturdy frame of firm, grainy tannins and the long, earthy finish.

Jeff Leve from TheWineCellarInsider.com echoed similar sentiments with a 93-point score, noting the presence of “vanilla, plums, and smoky red fruits” on the nose. He described the wine as silky, medium-bodied, and fresh, with a touch of cocoa in the finish, and regarded it as possibly the finest vintage of La Tour-Martillac he has ever tasted.

Decanter provided a slightly lower score of 92, emphasizing the wine’s seductive, velvety, and generous nature. The review highlighted its scents of berries, herbs, and peonies, and commended its balance despite the high alcohol content.

Wine Spectator’s J.M. also gave it 93 points, describing it as “sleek, with mesquite-infused cassis” and additional notes of iron, sanguine, and tobacco. The wine is advised to be consumed from now through 2032.

Jeb Dunnuck, on jebdunnuck.com, rated it 92 points, praising its “plump, up-front, and nicely textured” character with a mix of red and black fruits, classic Graves notes of damp earth, and a medium to full body. He noted its ripe tannins and wonderful purity and elegance on the palate.

Lastly, Jane Anson on janeanson.com awarded it 92 points, describing it as “powerful with impact” and full of rich fruits like blackberry, black cherry, and ripe fig. She also noted smoked cedar and clove, suggesting more time in the bottle is needed.

Overall, the 2018 Latour Martillac is a well-received and highly rated wine, recommended for aging to fully appreciate its complex and balanced profile.