Loads of ripe currants, licorice and toasted oak on the nose. Subtle yet impressive. Full-bodied, with a solid core of ripe fruit and chewy tannins. Big and juicy. Deep mid-palate for a 2002. This is the wine of the vintage. A solid, classic Latour that needs bottle age. 96 points, Wine Spectator (3/2005).
…subtle notes of redcurrants, mulberries, plums and coffee with a touch of dried Mediterranean herbs. Medium bodied and taut in the mouth, it gives firm tannins, crisp acid and a satisfyingly complex earthy finish. 94-95 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (11/2012)
Blackcurrant, graphite and minerals on the nose. Sweet, fleshy and dense, with an impeccable sugar/acid balance. Strong mineral tones and firm acids. Finishes long and gripping, with excellent tannic spine and lift. 94+ points, Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar (6/2005)
…it is amazing how well this wine performs in blind tastings. There is great clarity on the nose, you can almost smell those 'caillou' in the vineyard, pure black fruits, freshly rolled tobacco, crushed stone and just a faint hint of Christmas cake… The palate is well structured with firm tannins, quite masculine even for Latour with cedar and graphite, underpinned by exquisite delineation on the finish. Wonderful. 95 points, Neal Martin’s Wine Journal (12/2009)
Pauillac is Bordeaux’s most acclaimed appellation, the only one with three Premier Cru properties: Château Lafite-Rothschild, Château Mouton-Rothschild and Château Latour. These and other Pauillac chateaux produce robust, full-flavored and long-lived red wines made from Cabernet-based blends. Though winemaking techniques and microclimates vary throughout Pauillac, producing some variations in style, classic Pauillac wines have juicy flavours of blackcurrant and cedar, often with coffee, chocolate and graphite notes. Pauillac, part of the Médoc region on Bordeaux’s Left Bank, has gravelly and well-drained soils that force vines to grow long and strong roots. Struggling a bit for water, the vines produce grapes with high tannins and concentrated juices. Nearby rivers and the Atlantic Ocean modulate temperatures, preventing the grapes from ripening too quickly. Such grapes make powerful wines that may age and improve for decades. However, in Pauillac, as in other old-world wine regions, some winemakers are working to develop softer red wines that maintain the local wines’ traditional substance and flavours, but are more approachable immediately upon release.