2018 vintage. Cabernet Sauvignon ( 60%), Merlot (32%) and Cabernet Franc. This estate has been making very good wines for a long time, but if this 2018 is an indication they are upping their game on recent vintages. This is a spectacular effort with black and red fruits , roses, coffee and cedar wood jumping out of the glass. It has a powerful round mouthfeel with thick layers of fruit, while maintaining elegance with an impeccable balancing acidity and a big ripe tannic backbone. Impressive length too. Still affordable for this quality too. — 13 hours ago
Medium deep ruby core , medium wide ruby garnet rim . Quite slow and fat tears. Quite exotic nose , slightly high toned, lots of ripe spicy blackcurrant , dark cherry , blackberry and underneath a grafite and earthy note , marine scents also . On the palate round, ripe and sweet dark fruits, blackcurrant , blackberry and dark cherry , touches of grafite and cigar box. Surprisingly good , even refreshing acidity , ripe ample tannins; there is great intensity here. Balanced alcohol even though it is quite decadent and rich, lots of glycerin . Very long and succulent but balanced finish with touches of mineral and tobacco. The plumpness and exoticism does come across as pretty atypical for Latour , though it is a real success for the vintage and an undeniably enjoyable wine. Drinking ok now , with a decant of an hour or two but really did improve over the 5 hours we had it open. Will obviously last and improve over the next 20 years and I’m sure go further still . — 11 days ago
“Slow Decanted” this with the Vinloq System
👃Immediate black currants and blackberries, licorice, chocolate, leather, pepper, and cedar.
👅 Sweet, ripe, dark berry fruit and licorice up front. Oak and leather/tobacco towards the end with moderate chalky tannins lingering on the finish. Good complexity and nice precision.
Drinking well now
The remaining wine was Slow Decanted in my refrigerator
👃Predominately dark fruit, chocolate, and licorice with the pepper and cedar less forward than Day 1
👅Soft and elegant fruit, plush mouthfeel, oak influeces and leather. Slight tannic pull on the cheeks on the nice lingering finish. Generally softer and more rounded than day 1. Easy drinking for sure
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Lower level bottle but still alive and kicking . So elegant and refined with dried red flowers , mulberry , graphite , liquid minerals , burnt sugar blood orange . The palate is elegant yet powerful with tons of dry extract and a little tannins still. I imagine a perfect bottle would be truly incredible but this bottle was pretty darn good . — 9 days ago
Medium ruby red , still quite youthful , wide garnet rim . After a 2 hour decant , very attractive on the nose , tobacco , spicy blackcurrant , cedar and a grafite, earthy touches, roasted coffee . On the palate , lovely spicy blackcurrant and blackberry , redcurrant notes , very nice refreshing acidity , powdery tannins that are quite present still. Very elegant and refined , lovely balance . Those cigar box , tobacco notes return on the long satisfying finish , along with an iron filling , earthy note . This benefitted definitely from the decant , and is at the beginning of its drinking window, though the tannins are still present, it will probably improve over the next 5-10 years and last at least a further 5-10 . Worth seeking out . — 8 days ago
The sleeper vintage. Simply just ready to go, holding nothing back as it wafts from the glass and the decanter with layers of cassis, cedar, violets and licorice. This is a wine of texture, as Margaux should be, and indeed its greatest attribute on this occasion. Liquid cashmere in the mouth with melting tannins, it’s sensual and elegant, caressing the palate with each sip, leading to its black truffle and mineral inflicted finale that keeps on going. Excellent showing tonight, and for my tastes drinking at its apogee. — 3 days ago