Château Latour 2005
In the 14th century, Gaucelme de Castillon built the tower from which Château Latour gets its name, and wine production on the estate also began around this time. The tower is long gone; the wine, however, has gone from strength to strength.
Along with other top Bordeaux wines such as Lafite and Margaux, Latour really took off in the 18th century. The estate was divided during the French Revolution, but was reunited in 1841 and went on to became one of the original four First Growths in the 1855 Classification.
The grand vin’s fruit is grown on a 47-hectare portion of the estate, known as l’Enclos. The wine typically comprises 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and smaller amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The estate produces 11,000 cases of the grand vin each year, on average.
“Latour is unquestionably the most consistent of Bordeaux’s first growths. True to its reputation this wine is as remarkable in the finer vintages as in the lesser ones. Generally powerful, tannic, rich, dense, and intense, the wines of Latour are always top flight and extremely long-lived.”
— Robert Parker
Château Latour 2005
$3,250.00 per bottle
Notes and Reviews
Neil Martin (98)
The 2005 Latour has long been a formidable wine. I was granted the opportunity to re-taste the 2005 at the property after their estate released library reserves in February 2017. Now at twelve years of age, it has retained that riveting bouquet of black cherries and black plum, crème de cassis and graphite, although I find less of the latter compared to previous bottles (including the one tasted blind just three weeks earlier).
The palate is very well balanced with blackberry, black plum, sea salt, a hint of balsamic, quite spicy in the mouth with a hint of cloves. There is immense weight and presence in the mouth, although I wonder whether the tannins are as fine as say the 2010 or even the nascent 2016 Latour tasted alongside? Either way, it remains a fabulous First Growth destined to last many, many years. Tasted March 2017. Drink 2020-2065.
|Grape Varieties||Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc|
|Age of Vines||40 years old|
|Vinification||21 days' maceration and fermentation in stainless steel vats|
|Elevage||17 months in oak barrels (85%-100% new oak)|
|Soil Type||Gunzian gravel over clay and limestone|