2002 Château Latour

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / PAUILLAC
abv 13.0%
  • 96 WA
  • 96 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • 83 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 52801-2002

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    ($180-$250) Red-ruby. Blackcurrant, graphite and minerals on the nose. Sweet, fleshy and dense, with an impeccable sugar/acid balance. Strong mineral tones and firm acids. Finishes long and gripping, with excellent tannic spine and lift. A bit like the 2002 Les Forts de Latour but turned up a notch or two. But not quite as perfumed as the young 2004.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2005
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 96

    Loads of ripe currants, licorice and toasted oak on the nose. Subtle yet impressive. Full-bodied, with a solid core of ripe fruit and chewy tannins. Big and juicy. Deep midpalate for a 2002. This is the wine of the vintage. A solid, classic Latour that needs bottle age.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    The wine of the vintage? There are only 10,000 cases of this extraordinarily rich, dense 2002 that is as powerful as the 2003 (even the alcohol levels are nearly the same, 12.85%). It is dark ruby/purple to the rim, with notes of English walnuts, crushed rocks, black currants, and forest floor, dense, full-bodied, and opulent, yet classic with spectacular aromatics, marvelous purity, and a full-bodied finish that lasts just over 50+ seconds. Huge richness and the sweetness of the tannin are somewhat deceptive as this wine seems set for a long life. Administrator Frederic Engerer seems to be more pleased with what Latour achieved in 2002 than in any other recent vintage. Hats off to him for an extraordinary accomplishment in a vintage that wouldn't have been expected to produce the raw materials to achieve something at this level of quality.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16

    Very inexpressive nose. Solid but dull with marked acidity. By no means obvious first growth quality! A bit of posh oak perhaps but raw and ungenerous. Bone dry. Is this a particularly awkward stage for this wine that was so impressive en primeur?
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: gd10102
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Dark purple, almost black in color. Beautiful bouquet with lots of dark fruit, licorice and earthy minerality. Opulent with powerful fruit and extremely balanced. Long lasting, lingering finish.
    Author: StefanBoedeker
  • Self | Rating: 96

    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.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 2500 bottles owned
  • 324 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 97
    (Out of 324 collectors)