2005 Latour 750ml

France - Bordeaux - Pauillac | First Growth/ Red / Bordeaux Blend
2005 Latour

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International Wine Cellar | 98

($1; 500-$2,000) Deep ruby-red. Reticent, brooding aromas of cassis, black plum, graphite and flowers. Then utterly explosive in the mouth, with wonderful sappy complexity of flavor and a thickness of texture that builds and builds toward the back; almost no sign of the new oak here. Offers a near-magical combination of power and refinement, but this extremely primary wine is still an infant. Finishes with extraordinary persistence that leaves the palate vibrating. One of the greatest young Bordeaux I've tasted in recent years, and more complete and classic than the outrageously lush 2003. For his part, Engerer feels that this wine combines the best traits of the 2003 and 2000 Latours. I made the mistake of retasting the 2007 after trying this, and the tannins of the younger wine came off as dry by comparison.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 138

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Jancis Robinson | 18+

Tasted blindLots of minerals – the most obviously Bordeaux so far. Very subtle indeed – many layered. Exciting. Dry finish.

Drink Dates: 2015-2030
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Advocate | 96

Only 44% of the production made it into the dense ruby/purple-hued 2005 Latour, a powerful, backward, 12,000-case blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Petit Verdot and Merlot. As I wrote last year, this classic effort is built for the ages, and is largely destined to be drunk by our offspring rather than anyone over the age of 50 today. Complex aromas of crushed rocks, graphite, black cherries, creme de cassis, new saddle leather, and dried mushrooms are still tightly wound. The wine is full-bodied and powerful with exceptionally high tannin combined with zesty acidity, and laser-like focus. It will require 15 or more years of cellaring. I still prefer the 2003, but administrator Frederic Engerer says this "is more Latour."

Drink Dates: 2020-2060
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 176

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Wine Spectator | 99

Dark ruby black in color. Brilliant, intense aromas of mineral, blackberry and currant, with hints of Indian spices and cigar box, lead to a full-bodied palate, with ultrafine tannins and a beautiful balance of blackberry, raspberry and mineral. There's subtlety, yet also great depth. Lasts for minutes on the palate. This is a Latour with fabulous tone and vigor. 12,500 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2018+
Author: James Suckling


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JamesSuckling.com | 100

A very complex nose of lavender, currants, spices, and hot stones. Full and dense on the palate, with a very tight structure. The tannins have a perfect polish to their density, and the finish is very intense, with wonderful fruit and truffle character. This turns almost decadent, with tremendous energy and a constantly changing profile. This is a very challenging wine to get to know, please leave this for at least ten years. Pull the cork in 2015.

Drink Dates: 2015+
Author: James Suckling


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Score: 99
Author: gd10102
Trust Rating: 81
Tasted On: 09/30/2009

1 of 1 people found this review useful.

Score: 99
Author: winefolio
Trust Rating: 81
Tasted On: 03/04/2009
Drink Dates: (17-57)

1 of 1 people found this review useful.

Score: 99
Author: dave1161
Trust Rating: 14
Tasted On: 12/24/2008

1 of 3 people found this review useful.

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