Latour 2005 Ex-Chateau
Here is the latest ex-Chateau release from the venerable Chateau Latour, in the form of the regal 2005. These cases have been maturing quietly in perfect cellar conditions close to the Gironde and are the first to see light since the initial En Primeur release in mid-2006. We have closely followed the progress of this remarkable juice ever since we first encountered it in April 2006, and every time we have opened it – either on its own or in the company of its peers – it has wowed us.
The 2005 iteration of Latour is really quite astonishing. Whilst it was still a dense, focused and powerful beast at our 2005 10 Years On tasting back in 2015, it was without doubt the finest wine on display that day. At a tasting approximately a year later at the estate, it was beginning to throw off its austere cloak and is opening out into the complex, aristocratic and above all delicious Latour that it has always promised to be. Where it will stand in the pecking order versus ’61, ’82, ’00, ‘09 etc. only time will tell but it’s worth noting that Frederic Engerer considers it without doubt “one of the finest made in the last 20 years”.
Benefitting from not only a great Parker score (not to mention 100 points from James Suckling) but also excellent relative value against both older (1982 – GBP 18,000) and younger (2010 – GBP 11,550) vintages, it already has much to commend it. Now, at 12 years old, it is also just creeping into the peripheral vision of those looking to actively consume the best wines, both at home and abroad, and as a vintage 2005 has truly global acclaim being equally as popular in the US as in Asia and Europe.
If you don’t have this wine in your cellar right now, then you should give this very serious consideration – in fact, even if you do, you should consider taking some more; this is a 50-100 year wine.
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Tasting Notes and Scores
The 2005 Latour (87% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot) is a spectacular effort from Château Latour. It has an inky plum/purple color and a gorgeous nose of graphite, crème de cassis, and floral notes with some forest floor in the background. It is full-bodied, super-concentrated, and for my taste, probably one of the two or three most intense, rich, and complex wines of the entire Médoc. The wine has great texture, purity and a finish of close to 40 or 45 seconds. The tannins are surprisingly sweet, even in this large-scaled, masculine wine. Drink it over the next 50+ years.
The 2005 Latour has long been a formidable wine. I was granted the opportunity to re-taste the 2005 at the property after their estate released library reserves in February 2017. Now at twelve years of age, it has retained that riveting bouquet of black cherries and black plum, crème de cassis and graphite, although I find less of the latter compared to previous bottles (including the one tasted blind just three weeks earlier). The palate is very well balanced with blackberry, black plum, sea salt, a hint of balsamic, quite spicy in the mouth with a hint of cloves. There is immense weight and presence in the mouth, although I wonder whether the tannins are as fine as say the 2010 or even the nascent 2016 Latour tasted alongside? Either way, it remains a fabulous First Growth destined to last many, many years. Tasted March 2017. - robertparker.com, May 2017