Grape(s): 54.6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38.9% Merlot, 6.5% Petit Verdot
Localization: Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
Tasting Notes: Dark and intense color. Beautifully pure and fresh on the nose with ripe fruity aromas. Luscious and smooth mouthfeel with silky tannins. The finish is very precise and has great depth.
Food pairing: Chateau Latour is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes. Chateau Latour is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta.
94 James Suckling: Lots of minerals, crushed stone, iodine, and graphite with blackcurrants and blackberries that follow through to a medium body with ultra-fine tannins that are ever so polished and give length and energy to the wine. Drinkable now, but even better in 2023. With a vintage as widely successful as 2016 in this part of the world, it is no surprise that this is a delicious Pauillac de Latour that is easy to recommend. Clear notes of blackberry bud and licorice root – both flavors given a qualifier to show not only spice and concentration but also good levels of acidity, freshness, and sinew. The tannins were so prevalent during en primeur and in-bottle tastings that it was easy to miss how generous the fruit is underneath. A lovely moment to begin drinking.
The Domain: Château Latour is situated in the heart of the Médoc wine region, about 50 km northwest of Bordeaux, where the legend of the vineyards of Bordeaux began. Owned by the Pinault family since 1993, the Château’s prime terroir, l’Enclos, overlooks the estuary of the Gironde river which, over the centuries, has given the vineyard its geological complexity and, on a daily basis, ensures a mild climate. The Pauillac de Château Latour is made from vines with an average age of 25 years that come from plots known as ‘Saint Anne’ that are owned by the Estate and are situated at the southwestern end of the Pauillac appellation. We also use young vines from the Enclos which cannot yet go into the Grand Vin blend.