97 Points, Decanter; 96 Points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
It's an iconic vineyard, in the middle of one of the most sought-after regions of winemaking in the world. It's their first new vintage in 8 years. And yes, we got an allocation. Quantities are limited.
Decanter: "This will be by far the biggest release since Latour brought in the new system, as the 2012 has not been on the market before. It's a good one to start with as this is a vintage where the drinking window is starting to come into view. This is pure liquorice, graphite and profoundly dark fruits, gourmet brushed damson and crushed stones, with a silky, appealingly open texture. The tannins are as bracing as you hope for from this estate, not giving an inch yet, but there is air between them and the structure is starting to loosen up. Harvest from September 24 to October 16, under rainy conditions after a super hot summer and early September that ensured the grapes stayed in good condition, but turned the concentration from impenetrable to an altogether more approachable style. Drink 2022 - 2050." Feb 2020
Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Latour is a blend of 90.2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9.6% Merlot and 0.2% Petit Verdot. Medium to deep garnet colored, the nose slowly, measuredly emerges with notions of preserved Morello cherries, baked blackcurrants and blackberry compote, giving way to nuances of pencil shavings, unsmoked cigars, Chinese five spice and sandalwood plus ever so subtle hints of cardamom and eucalyptus. Medium-bodied, the palate delivers mouth-coating black and red fruit preserves with a firm, grainy-textured frame and fantastic freshness, finishing with a veritable firework display of lingering spices and minerals. This is a more restrained, relatively elegant vintage of Latour that may not have that “iron fist in a velvet glove” power of the greatest vintages but nonetheless struts its superior terroir and behind-the-scenes savoir faire with impressive panache. It is drinking nicely now with suitably rounded-off, approachable tannins, and the tertiary characters are just beginning to bring some more cerebral elements into the compote of temptingly primary black fruits. But, if you’re looking to drink it in full, flamboyant swing, give it another 5-10 years in bottle and drink it over the next 20-25 years+. Drink 2020-2050." Mar 2020
Winery: "The colour is dark with a beautiful intensity.The nose is fruity, refined, ripe and extremely expressive. On the palate, the wine is rounded and smooth, spicy and very aromatic. It evolves pleasurably towards a delicious finale with fine tannins.
2012 Vintage: 2012 was a rather late vintage, marked by considerable spring rainfall and mineralisation followed by significant summer drought. Except for a very cold first fortnight in February, the winter was mild - even over 20°C in March - and wet. The Cabernet Sauvignon bud break was recorded on 3rd April. High spring precipitation was mainly concentrated in April (20 days of rain for an overall rainfall of 174mm). Cryptogamic pressure on the vineyard was contained by generally cool temperatures and a late start of the vegetative cycle. May was dry with very variable temperatures whereas June was rainy and mild. Despite this, the Cabernet Sauvignon vines flowered evenly on 6th June. The veraison began on 19th July and continued in extremely dry conditions in August."
||90.2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9.6% Merlot, .2% Petit Verdot
||Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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