2008 Latour 750ml

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2008 Latour

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International Wine Cellar | 94(+?)

Saturated ruby-red. Subdued but wonderfully pure nose hints at black cherry, graphite, tobacco, licorice, black olive and crushed stone. Lush, sweet and deep, with terrific energy and early sex appeal to the dark berry, spice and vanilla flavors. The sweetness builds on the very long aftertaste, where the solid tannins are in perfect harmony with the wine's fruit. Leaves a black cherry perfume in the retronasal passage. Likely to be one of the vintage's longest-lived examples.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 157

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Jancis Robinson | 18.5

Great stuff and gorgeous and so Cabernet and glamorous. Polished. Medicinal. Classic.

Drink Dates: 2025-2050
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Advocate | 96-98

Damn me for saying it, but I actually think the 2008 Latour will turn out to be even better than the 2005 or 2000. I still have a weakness for the 2003, but it is somewhat atypical in how forward, fleshy, and opulent it is. The 2008 Latour is a more concentrated version of the 1996, and that's saying something. The harvest took place between September 29 and October 7 for the Merlot, but the Cabernet Sauvignon finished around the 19th of October. The natural alcohol of 13.48% may be the highest ever achieved at Latour. The final blend is 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, and 1% Cabernet Franc. Moreover, in a low yield year, only 40% of the production made it into the grand vin, so even with the global economic crisis, this is going to be a tightly allocated wine ' with under 10,000 cases produced. A fabulous infant, it exhibits an inky/purple color as well as extraordinarily pure notes of creme de cassis, crushed rocks, and flowers. The fact that there is no hint of oak is a testament to the vintage's density and richness. The wine possesses full-bodied power as well as a boatload of tannin, and it is even more backward than Lafite Rothschild. Nevertheless, the hallmark of a great wine and potentially top-notch vintage is the sweetness of the tannin, and that is evident. The wine is young, unevolved, and incredibly pure (another hallmark of this unexpectedly magical vintage) with an amazingly long, textured, layered finish. It should be forgotten for 5-8 years, and consumed over the following four decades.

Drink Dates: 2014-2054
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 182

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Wine Spectator | 91-94

Offers currant and blackberry aromas, with hints of flowers. Starts as a slow attack on the palate, then builds with superpolished tannins and pretty fruit, offering berries and mineral. Long and caressing.

Author: James Suckling


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Score: 96
Author: Pierre T184
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 11/04/2013
Score: 94
Author: Miguel L
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 03/27/2009
2008 barrel sample @ Chateau. Deeply colored, pooling blue; red rim. Glass streaks and eddying swirls. This is already intense! Big, full bodied with enormous grip & a scaffolding of solid structure. Tannic and drying, austere. Nice long length. Not as balanced as H-B, and not as kid-friendly either. 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% M; 0.75% CF, and 0.25% Petit Verdot. 40% of the harvest, another severely selected wine. A brawny and stubborn wine for En Primeur, not that there's anything wrong with that! Check back in 2020, this one will need the most time of the Firsts to assimilate and uncover the great fruit from the Enclos plots. 92-94 pts.

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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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