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2012 Château Latour

Pauillac, 1er cru classé
(OWC)

Ex-Bordeaux; Any applicable tariff will be due upon importation; Earliest anticipated arrival is Winter 2020 help
 
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PRICE:
$1,975.00 per Double Magnum (3L)

SIZE:
3L d-mag

AVAILABLE:
2 Double Magnums (3L)

 

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TASTING NOTES

"Tasted blind at the 2012 Southwold tasting, the 2012 Latour put in a deeply impressive showing. It has a precise bouquet: graphite-infused black fruit, hints of iodine and a light marine influence—shucked oyster shell and Japanese nori. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, well-judged acidity, quite sensual and harmonious with seductive purity on the finish. This possesses exquisite precision and detail that evinces a wine of genuine class. Of course, perhaps this tasting note is irrelevant for the moment, at least until the Grand Vin is released onto the market. It will be intriguing to re-taste it when it does see the light of day. Tasted January 2016." Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #227
(WA, 03/05/2020)

Rating: 96+
Drink from: 2020-2050


“The 2012 Latour has a potent bouquet of blackberry, graphite and distinctive tertiary notes [instead of more marine scents observed four years earlier]. Initially, the palate is slightly disjointed on the entry and displays a subtle herbal quality, plus hints of pencil shavings. The 2012 demands a few minutes to really coalesce and achieve the precision and pixelation that have been the hallmark of this Grand Vin in its youth. Layers of black fruit coat the mouth, and a bitter edge lends tension, particularly toward the very persistent finish. Though its release implies, and the rhetoric from the château indicates, that it is ready to drink, if you want my advice, cellar the 2012 for another five or six years to witness it in full flight. It has always been a candidate for wine of the vintage... just have a bit of patience.” (95-98 points) Neal Martin, Vinous.com, April 2020
(NM, 04/01/2020)

Rating: 96


"This features a terrific, gorgeously delineated graphite note that runs from start to finish, letting the dark plum, black cherry and cassis fruit play out beautifully. Shows a lovely backdrop of charcoal and iron on the finish. Ever so slightly rigid, with a strong graphite expression, this is straight rather than expansive in feel, but seriously long nonetheless. Best from 2018 through 2030. 9,819 cases made." Wine Spectator
(WS, 03/31/2015)

Rating: 95
Drink from: 2018-2030


"Very perfumed with hints of minerals, currants, wet earth and stones. Full-bodied, muscular and chewy. Polished tannins, tight acidity and a savory finish. Very reserved. Muscular. Better in 2019." JamesSuckling.com
(JS, 02/08/2015)

Rating: 94
Drink from: 2019


"Looks a little less blue than Les Forts. Scented and lovely on the nose. Playing the playful card. Dense and rich. Vibrant. Not made to show well at this stage – which may be a good thing. A little tiny bit of green but very fine and confident. Just rather hidden and restrained. Not the butch style of some years. A little short." JancisRobinson.com
(JR, 04/11/2013)

Rating: 18+
Drink from: 2025-2045


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