2005 Ex Cellar Chateau LatourBlend from France
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The 2005 vintage demonstrates the superiority of the Cabernet Sauvignon which alone brings body, power, fruit, and structure. A wine of great complexity, we note at this stage ...
- 98 Neal Martin - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
98 Neal Martin - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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.
The 2005 vintage demonstrates the superiority of the Cabernet Sauvignon which alone brings body, power, fruit, and structure. A wine of great complexity, we note at this stage the dominance of very ripe fruit and can fully perceive its enormous power, filled out with sleek, silky tannins.
98 - Neal Martin - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
|Varietal(s)||Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot|
|Taste||currant, blackberry, cherry, bell pepper, olive, asparagus, spice, ginger, oak, vanilla, black cherry, plum, smoke, toast, tar, lead, cedar, molasses and dark fruit|
|Nose||currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar, cigar box, violet, rose, truffle, earth, coffee, leather, mocha, vanilla and tobacco|