Château Latour 2018

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Appellation - Pauillac

Owner - Francois Pinault

91% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Merlot

Second wine – Les Forts de Latour

Annual production – 380,000 bottles

Tasting notes
The 2018 Latour is composed of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Merlot, with 14.3% alcohol and an IPT (total polyphenol index) of 81. Very deep purple-black in color, it is very reluctant to show itself to start. With considerable coaxing, it begins to give up notions of chocolate-covered cherries, kirsch, blackcurrant cordial, Sichuan pepper, hoisin and underbrush scents with slowly unfurling red roses, woodsmoke and espresso plus a waft of truffles. The full-bodied palate is a bodybuilder—absolutely stacked with taut, muscular cassis and savory layers, structured with sky-high, very firm, very ripe tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and layered. Powerful!
Score: 98/100 Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019), April 2019

 

A solid and statuesque Latour with an extremely dense yet refined center palate of steely tannins and lots of blue fruit and an undertone of graphite. Some slate, too. It’s tight and very powerful. Reminds me of the texture of the 1959 (which I didn’t taste in barrel!) But the density here is so, so long. Steely.

Score: 99/100 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2019

 

A hugely impressive wine, powerful and concentrated, this is going to make a lot of friends, particularly those who loved the style of Latour in vintages like 2010.

It has less fragrant nuances than in recent years but it’s full of liquorice, slate, cigar box, pencil lead, bergamot, black tea, black fruit jelly and fresh mint. No one can doubt that this is going to run and run but it will take its time to come around.

Low yields of 24hl/ha after one of the most careful sorting processes ever to ensure no berries were affected by mildew. The harvest took place between 17 September and 11 October. 37% of overall production went into the grand vin. 3.7pH. 81IPT.

Drinking Window 2029 - 2050

Score: 98 Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2019

 

(91 Cabernet Sauvignon, 9 Merlot) | 14.3% alc | This wine represents 37% of production | 81 IPT Another incredibly high Cabernet percentage at Latour and this time the power and muscle is very evident. There is little beauty here, just structure and brawn and there is a sour note on account of the ripeness of the skins which warns the taster away. Hints of exoticism can be seen but they are quickly ushered away – mere fripperies, not to be trifled with. The calibre of Cabernet here is awe-inspiring but it is equally mono-tonal in its delivery and so we must be exceptionally patient to allow these defences to start to give way. I anticipate that this wine will not start drinking this side of 2035, by which time I am sure it will have been made available for sale. I can sense that there is an awful lot of potential here, but I don’t think that it is quite as stellar as the 2010 or my perfect-scoring 2016.

Score: 19+ Matthew Jukes, MatthewJukes.com, April 2019

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