Jeb Dunnuck, tasting note published in July 12th 1905
A huge, powerful wine that tastes the essence of a great estate, the 2005 Château Latour is based on 87% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot aged in new barrels. It reveals a saturated purple/plum colour as well as an astonishing bouquet of blackcurrant, graphite, gravelly earth, tobacco, lead pencil and chocolate. Dense, full-bodied and massively concentrated, it exhibits the estate's more austere, masculine style, but has wonderfully sweet tannins, a layered mid-palate and a very big finish. This deep, majestic 2005 can be drunk anytime over the next 40-50 years, and I suspect even longer.
Latour, one of the oldest estates in Pauillac, has a history dating back to the 14th century. Documents dating back to 1331 show that Pons, Lord of Castillon, allowed one of the most powerful families of the time to build a fortified tower on the site where the château stands today. At the end of the 17th century, Latour became the property of the Ségur family and, in 1718, the modern history of the château began to take off. The estate acquired several vineyards around the château, which a few years later became the famous Château Mouton Rothschild and Château Calon Segur. From that time to the present day, Latour’s reputation has gone from strength to strength, and it is regarded as one of the great wines of the Médoc. As Bordeaux’s 1st Grand Cru Classé in 1855, Château Latour is one of the most famous and important wines in the world, capable of ageing beautifully for decades. Today, the estate has 78 hectares of vines on gravelly soils, and since 2015 its wines have been certified biodynamic. Aged in oak barrels for 18 months.
100/100 Vinous; 100/100 Wine & Spirits 99/100 James Suckling; 98/100 Jeb Dunnuck; 98/100 Robert Parker
Château Latour is one of the most famous wine producers in Bordeaux and in the world. It is situated in the southeast corner of the commune of Pauillac, on the border of Saint-Julien, in the Médoc region. Rated as a first growth in the 1855 Bordeaux classification, it has become one of the most sought after and expensive wine producers on the planet. It produces dominant, highly structured Cabernet Sauvignon wines that can last many decades. A garden that contains over 750,000 vines, each with its own story. Château Latour’s vineyards are a magnificent mosaic, with some vines over one hundred years old, contributing to the magic of wines year after year. They are also constantly evolving, requiring patience, meticulous attention to detail and a great deal of care to ensure the healthy development of the young vineyards that will gradually replace the older ones.