Chateau Latour produces the biggest and longest lived wines of any of the first growths of the Medoc.
The wines are 75-80% cabernet sauvignon and the best vintages will be absolutely fine after 100 years (particularly, we suspect, the rather odd 1964, which may well have suffered from an excess of chapitalisation as some vintages of the period do). Latour has never had an off-decade, and the wine is also probably the most reliable of all the first growths across all vintages, great and poor.
The estate also produces two ‘second’ wines: Les Forts de Latour, which is produced in similar quanitites to the grand vin, and ‘Pauillac de Latour’, which confusingly just says ‘Pauillac’ in large letters on the label, making it appear to be a generic wine from the appellation.
Some people clearly drink Chateau Latour only a few years old but such people clearly have higher concentration of currency than taste buds.
2010 was an excellent vintage in Saint-Emilion
2010 was an excellent vintage in Bordeaux
Other wines from Chateau Latour
1971 Chateau Latour: £785
2002 Les Forts de Latour: £230
2003 Chateau Latour: £875
2004 Chateau Latour: £575
2004 Les Forts de Latour: £200
2006 Les Forts de Latour: £215
2007 Chateau Latour: £500
2010 Chateau Latour: £1450
2010 Les Forts de Latour: £260
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