2001 Château Latour

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / PAUILLAC
abv 13.0%
  • 95 WA
  • 95 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • 95 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 52801-2001-750-0

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    ($120-$179) Deep red-ruby. Enticing aromas of roasted plum, currant, graphite and smoky oak. Precise, spicy and juicy; more herbal than the 2002 or 2003 but also very intensely flavored and not at all hard. This very long, pure Latour seems to be shutting down today.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2004
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    A brilliant offering, which should be drinkable much earlier than the blockbuster 2000, the 2001 Latour boasts an inky/ruby/purple color to the rim as well as a glorious bouquet of black currants, crushed stones, vanilla, and hints of truffles and oak. A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance primarily Merlot with a touch of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it reveals a sweetness on the palate that is atypical for such a young Latour. The beautiful integration of tannin, acidity, and wood is stunning. The wine flows across the palate with fabulous texture, purity, and presence. This luscious, full-bodied Latour was surprisingly open-knit on the three occasions I tasted it from bottle. However, do not mistake its aging ability as this 2001, despite its precociousness, will last 20-25 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 19

    Dark crimson. Oyster shells and scent. Sleek and polished. Bit of a lounge lizard but one that is convincing. Fresh and scented - a bit like a spring washing line - with a great positive finish. Very accomplished wine. Can the 2000 really trump this?
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

    Extremely attractive aromas of blackberries and currants with just a hint of mineral and oak. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long, long finish. As it was from barrel; powerful and fast. Serious stuff.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: gd10102
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Bottled in July of 2003, this wine showed very well despite the vintage?s lackluster reputation following the much heralded 2000. Black maroon colored wine with significant lightening at the rim and lots of thin pigmented legs. A light but intense nose of sweet fruit, vanilla oak, and cr?me brul?e. Delicious right now with plenty of sweet plumy fruit. Beautifully balanced with excellent length ending with caramel and charred wood. A Latour that will be accessible relatively early in its life. Engerer claims the wine reminds him of the 1988 but riper. I'm a little more optimistic than that. This one of the few 2001s that I would like in my personal cellar.
    Drink Dates: 2013-2025
    Author: Daniel B
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Buy more and hold
    Drink Dates: 2009-2020
    Author: NC
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Young (From 2014 To 2032)
    Author: tiberite
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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Located in the southwest of France, Bordeaux is the single largest fine-wine-producing region in the world, with more than 15,000 growers spread over 57 appellations and more than 700 million bottles produced annually. The region boasts a two-thousand-year winemaking history and some of the wine world's most recognized and highly sought-after names. Red Bordeaux blends comprise eighty percent of production, but dry and sweet whites are also well-known. The region is divided into the Left and Right Banks (of the Dordogne River); Cabernet Sauvignon prevails in the former and Merlot in the latter.

White Bordeaux blends are most commonly composed of Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc, and come in a range of dry and sweet styles. Sémillon contributes body while Sauvignon Blanc adds high acidity, a characteristic that is particularly important in the sweet wines of Bordeaux.

Sauternes is one of the world’s most prestigious regions for sweet wine production, made possible by Sémillon’s affinity for noble rot. Wines from world-renowned Château d’Yquem are fermented and matured in new oak for up to three years and can age for decades in bottle. These wines display complex aromas of melon, honey, apricot, citrus peel, mango, and butterscotch and develop added complexity and aromas with age.

The best dry wines from this blend come from producers such as Château Haut-Brion, Château Pape Clément, and Domaine de Chevalier in Pessac-Léognan and Graves. These wines are typically fermented and matured in new oak and display a full-bodied richness with concentrated nutty flavors overlaying the fruit.

Due to its freshness and flavor profile, dry white Bordeaux blends pair well with almost any white food, including all types of fish, poultry, veal, and pork. The sweet wines of Bordeaux pair well with foie gras, oysters, blue cheese, spicy food (particularly Asian cuisines), any dish with sweet notes, and of course, dessert.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 2492 bottles owned
  • 481 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 481 collectors)