2000 Latour 750ml

France - Bordeaux - Pauillac | First Growth/ Red / Bordeaux Blend
2000 Latour

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International Wine Cellar | 97

($350-$499) Full medium ruby. Wonderfully sweet, rich aromas of cassis, minerals and bitter chocolate. A huge wine with almost painful intensity; solid as a rock and at the same time utterly sensual and creamy, with great inner-mouth complexity and depth of flavor and a complete absence of rough edges. "Almost too easy today," says Engerer. Sweet notes of roasted nuts and chocolate add to the wine's early appeal. A powerful, hugely rich Latour with a great building finish and perfectly suave tannins. This was really the last vintage of Latour with a meaningful percentage (3%) of cabernet franc, as the old franc vines were removed after 2000. But Engerer noted that Latour planted 1.5 hectares of petit verdot, which can be expected to represent up to 4% of the blend by 2004.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 108

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Jancis Robinson | 18.5+

Dark crimson. Light, bracing nose. Not the most intense Latour vintage but it is at least more Latour than 2000. Very solid and mineral with some lift and I should think no disappointment in the long run, though I would strongly recommend the more expressive Forts in the short term. The grand vin is obdurately dry and introvert at the moment.

Drink Dates: 2015-2040
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Advocate | 98

The 2000 Latour (a relatively abundant 14,000 cases compared to what they produced in 2009, 2008, or 2005) is "packed and stacked." The extremely rich, black/purple color to the rim is followed by a wine with some subtle smoke, loads of minerals, a hint of vanilla, and plenty of creme de cassis as well as roasted meat and a slight scorched earth character. Broad, savory, and rich, the wine seems to be about 5 years away from full maturity and should drink well for at least 40-50 more years. A great effort, probably eclipsed only by 2003 and 2009.

Drink Dates: 2010-2060
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 189

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Wine Spectator | 100

A young wine that electrifies every taste bud in your mouth. Compacted aromas of crushed currants and minerals, with roses and lilacs. Full-bodied, with masses of silky, refined tannins and a finish that lasts for minutes. Stunning. Best Latour since 1990. 14,165 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2012+
Author: James Suckling


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JamesSuckling.com | 100

Latour has made truly great wines in the past two decades - and this is one of the best. It has fabulous aromas of black truffles, currants, raspberry and dried flowers. Mind-blowing on the palate, it's an emotional and soulful red.

Author: James Suckling
Issue: April 28th, 2014

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Score: 98
Author: marv
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/25/2014
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Score: 100
Author: gd10102
Trust Rating: 81
Tasted On: 09/30/2009
Score: 98
Author: winefolio
Trust Rating: 81
Tasted On: 03/04/2009
Drink Dates: (12-50)

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Score: 97
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 03/01/2004
Drink Dates: 2025-2040+
Dark maroon black colored wine that is nearly opaque with slow moving moderately pigmented legs. A very concentrated but closed nose of black cherry, smoked hickory. Anise, caramel, and cold steel. Powerful but elegant flavors start with a big burst which then drops quickly in intensity but keeps going at a low level for a very long time. New wood eventually overwhelms the wine?s fruit in the finish. Acidity is high and tannins are considerable but balanced. Given this wine?s already vaunted reputation, the wine is a disappointment.

About This Producer


Chateau Latour is among the First Growth properties classified in the Bordeaux 1855 Classification. The estate is situated in the southern portion of Pauillac, bordering St. Julien and the Gironde estuary. Latour is considered one of the longest-lasting First Growths, reflecting its high proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon. The blend is typically 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. The fruit is grown in vineyards with notably high levels of gravel and an ideal southeastern exposure. Latour is typified by its concentrated fruit and complexity. Young vintages are forward and jammy with multiple layers of fruit. Aromas include black-currant, cherry and prune, with a dusty bouquet of mint, leather, cedar, and tobacco. Chateau Latour can age a lifetime and should not be approached for ten to twenty years. Some of the best vintages include 1949, 1959, 1961, 1982, 1990, and 2000. Chateau Latour also produces a second wine called Les Forts de Latour and a third wine labeled simply Pauillac.

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