Chateau Latour 1er Grand Cru Classe, Pauillac, Bordeaux, France 2010
"One of the perfect wines of the vintage...Full-bodied, with wonderfully sweet tannin, it is a mind-boggling, prodigious achievement that should hit its prime in about 15 years, and last for 50 to 100." Robert Parker
|Grape Blend||Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot|
Château Latour's 2010 was rated a perfect 100 points by Robert Parker and was purchased in its original wooden case. A stunning Latour from a great Bordeaux vintage.
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.
"One of the perfect wines of the vintage, Frederic Engerer challenged me when I tasted the 2010 Latour at the estate, asking, you rate the 2009 one hundred, then how can this not be higher? Well, the scoring system stops at 100, (and has for 34 years,) and will continue for as long as I continue to write about wine. The pH is about 3.6, which is normal compared to the 3.8 pH of the 2009, that wine being slightly lower in alcohol, hence the combination that makes it more flamboyant and accessible. The 2010 is a liquid skyscraper in the mouth, building layers upon layers of extravagant, if not over-the-top richness with its hints of subtle charcoal, truffle, blackberry, cassis, espresso and notes of toast and graphite. Full-bodied, with wonderfully sweet tannin, it is a mind-boggling, prodigious achievement that should hit its prime in about 15 years, and last for 50 to 100." Robert Parker