Chateau Latour 1er Grand Cru Classe, Pauillac, Bordeaux, France 2005
“The 2005 Latour was mind-blowingly profound in two recent tastings for this report. Wines like this are just life affirming. That's about all I can really say.” Antonio Galloni
|Grape Blend||Cabernet Sauvignon 87%, Merlot 12%, Cabernet Franc/Petit Verdot 1%|
Château Latour's 2005 vintage is crafted in the classically elegant Bordeaux style. A fine red wine from a great vintage in Pauillac.
Château Latour is probably the most consistent of the Médoc's first growths in terms of quality. Even in tough Bordeaux vintages it manages to create fine red wines that put many of its Bordeaux neighbours in the shade, and in doing so, Latour has justly earned its reputation among many critics as being the Médoc's finest wine.
The name Latour, derived from the cream-coloured tower that stands in the centre of the impressive vineyard, is a classic symbol of Bordeaux dating back to the 14th century. Latour produces rich, intense and powerful fine red Bordeaux, with firm tannins that ensure good bottle age.
“The 2005 Latour was mind-blowingly profound in two recent tastings for this report. Deep and sensual to the core, the 2005 is utterly captivating. All the elements are so seamlessly put together. Graphite, crème de cassis, licorice, dark spice and lavender infuse the 2005 with so much energy. More than anything else, though, the 2005 is a Latour of texture and resonance. Even after several hours, the 2005 is fresh and full of energy. Wines like this are just life affirming. That's about all I can really say.” Antonio Galloni
"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." Wine Spectator
"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 Parker