Beautiful black cherry and mulberry fruits as well as spice, chocolate, graphite, and tobacco emerge from the 2020 Château Latour A Pomerol, a rich, full-bodied, concentrated 2020 with beautiful tannins and a great finish. This is another brilliant wine from the Moueix team that readers will love.
(94-96) points, JebDunnuck.com (May 2021)
100% Merlot. Cask sample.
Solid and even a little meaty on the nose but fresh and vibrant on the palate. Plenty of juicy fruit and finely edged tannins. Lovely poise and length on the finish. Needs a little more aromatic complexity but won’t disappoint.
17 points, James Lawther, JancisRobinson.com (April 2021)
Lots of floral notes with tobacco, green olives and hints of brown sugar. Black cherries, too. It’s full and juicy. Really solid this year. It has a historical sensibility to it. 100% merlot.
(94-95) points, JamesSuckling.com (April 2021)
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2020 Latour à Pomerol rolls out of the glass with intense notes of fresh blackberries, Morello cherries and boysenberries, followed by suggestions of iron ore, wild sage, unsmoked cigars and pencil shavings. The medium to full-bodied palate delivers a great concentration of taut, muscular red and black fruits with a firm, grainy frame and just enough freshness, finishing on a lingering ferrous note.
(92-94) points, Wine Advocate (May 2021)
The 2020 Latour à Pomerol needs some time in the glass to find its voice, eventually offering black fruit laced with loam, cigar box, truffle and light seaweed scents. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit, good depth and more red fruit emerging toward the finish. A slightly aloof, quite serious Pomerol that demands attention, but I find myself drawn to it more than recent vintages, not least thanks to its persistent black pepper aftertaste.
(91-93) points, Vinous (May 2021)
Pomerol, on the Right Bank of Bordeaux’s Gironde River, produces some of the world’s most sought-after wines, including those from such storied properties as Chateau Petrus. Yet Pomerol, the smallest of the fine-wine-producing districts of Bordeaux, offers no Grand Cru or Premier Cru wines: It’s the most significant Bordeaux appellation not included in any quality ranking. At the time of the historic 1855 Classification of Bordeaux, Right Bank chateaux were considered remote and difficult to travel to, and so were ignored by the merchants who created the classification. (St. Émilion, a notable neighbour on the Right Bank, created its own classification system in 1954.)
Pomerol has managed to do quite well without this form of validation. Pomerol’s predominantly clay soil is ideally suited for Merlot, the primary grape used in the appellation. Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon are also included in Pomerol’s blended red wines. The wines of Pomerol are lush and rich, and generally not as tannic as the Cabernet-based wines of Bordeaux’s Left Bank. Although Pomerol’s very best wines are capable of aging for decades, most are made for immediate consumption. These Merlot-based wines are known for their lush texture, elegance and grace, as well as the softer tannins they offer in comparison to the Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines made elsewhere in Bordeaux.