CHATEAU LATOUR 2004

Wine Region: Pauillac, France

Grapes: Cabernet franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot

Tasting Notes

This wine has captivating aromas of currants, black licorice and spices, with just a hint of sweet tobacco. It is a full-bodied wine with chewy tannins and a long finish. This wine is structured and racy red. Delicious wine.

Ratings

Wine Enthusiast 97 ptsThere are tannins, structure and power, but also supreme elegance. The 2004 acidity comes through in the sweet cassis flavors, supported at the back by dry tannins. Currently, the wine is closed up, losing some of its fresh fruit, but this is a moment in its slow evolution towards a classic Latour.

Wine Spectator 95 pts - Captivating aromas of currant, black licorice and spices, with just a hint of sweet tobacco. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a long, long finish. Structured and racy.

Robert Parker 95 pts - A terrific effort from Administrator Frederic Engerer and owner Francois Pinault, the dark ruby/purple-tinged 2004 Latour exhibits a strong cassis character intermixed with notes of crushed rocks, earth, cedar, and forest floor. Racy, elegant, but powerful with medium to full body, and sweet tannin, it will benefit from 5-7 years of cellaring, and should keep for three decades. It is a very impressive offering.

Wine & Spirits 94 pts - The modern Latour has a vast architectural presence. The edges of ferrous power here are tamed on a supple texture, though the choice seems to have been to trade some freshness for that textural grace. The tannins have the potent austerity that grows out of Latour's deep hill of stones. Closed off for now, the fruit aspect of the wine will not likely show for more than a decade, and the wine will likely need 20 years to reach maturity.

About the Winery

When mentioning the name of Château Latour, the image that immediately comes to mind is that of a fortified tower built on the banks of the estuary overlooking the waters, vineyards and palus. This tower that no longer exists was built in the seventeenth century on the site of a fortress, from which the English repelled the attacks of pirates.
Château Latour has built its reputation, especially for its beautiful dress, the complexity, the purity of the fruit, the power and the longevity of Pauillac wines. This field has always been a model of excellence, the good years as mediocre and bad. This is why some consider it the best vintage of Médoc.


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