Château La Tour-Martillac

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend

9.1191 ratings
9.125 pro ratings
Pessac-Léognan, Graves, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, White Rice, Mushrooms, Pasta, Pork, Salami & Prosciutto, Pungent Cheese, Lamb, Tomato-Based, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Beef, Hard Cheese, Venison
Top Notes For
Will Stanley

Still quite austere, this Latour-Mattillac from the superstar 2010 vintage is a dark, brooding and full-blooded wine from Pessac-Léognan that will be far greater in 5/10+ years’ time. Better on the second day than the first (despite a two hour decant), it showed the traditional medley of dark fruit, cassis, wet gravel and grip, but with a profile more similar to its neighbours further north than what one may consider ‘typical’ Graves. But make no mistake: this is an exceptional Bordeaux worthy of long-term cellaring, and one with a hence attractive price tag.

Still quite austere, this Latour-Mattillac from the superstar 2010 vintage is a dark, brooding and full-blooded wine from Pessac-Léognan that will be far greater in 5/10+ years’ time. Better on the second day than the first (despite a two hour decant), it showed the traditional medley of dark fruit, cassis, wet gravel and grip, but with a profile more similar to its neighbours further north than what one may consider ‘typical’ Graves. But make no mistake: this is an exceptional Bordeaux worthy of long-term cellaring, and one with a hence attractive price tag.

Jul 22nd, 2020
Chris McClellan

Excellent well rounded...tannins smooth but present, high acid..earth/mushrooms...cherry, dark plums present and present which I expect for 2010. Just an absolute well balanced wine with our chicken stew fireside seating is on point.

Excellent well rounded...tannins smooth but present, high acid..earth/mushrooms...cherry, dark plums present and present which I expect for 2010. Just an absolute well balanced wine with our chicken stew fireside seating is on point.

Sep 17th, 2017
Chip Hughes

Modern style, but true to 2010: structured, taut and high-toned. Cabernet Sauvignon dominant; cigar box & cassis. Tannic. A long-distance runner. #pessacleognan #bordeaux #cabernetsauvignon

Modern style, but true to 2010: structured, taut and high-toned. Cabernet Sauvignon dominant; cigar box & cassis. Tannic. A long-distance runner. #pessacleognan #bordeaux #cabernetsauvignon

1 person found it helpfulDec 11th, 2017
Maggie Hedges

Simply wonderful. Balanced, supple, interesting, fresh yet settled.

Simply wonderful. Balanced, supple, interesting, fresh yet settled.

1 person found it helpfulAug 26th, 2016
James Parker Huston, CWE

Sommelier Charlie Palmer

9.6

Life is beautiful!

Life is beautiful!

1 person found it helpfulFeb 17th, 2014
James Parker Huston, CWE

Sommelier Charlie Palmer

9.2

Developing nicely.

Developing nicely.

1 person found it helpfulJul 16th, 2013
Fabien Lainé

Blogger VinDeling.com

8.5

No fruit, just aromatic

No fruit, just aromatic

Aug 14th, 2015
Barry Walsh

2000 vintage still showing plenty of life.

2000 vintage still showing plenty of life.

Apr 18th, 2015
Gary Westby

Champagne & Sherry buyer K&L Wines

9.4

Composed of about 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 5% Petite Verdot. I love wines that are easy to drink like this! This graves open and generous and had the virtues of both dark fruit depth and red fruit freshness. The tannins were very nicely evolved and silky, giving the wine a special, supple texture. The finish did not lack for classic Graves minerality and had plenty of clean earth and lengthening acidity. This is great for now, but isn’t ticking… It should last very well.

Composed of about 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 5% Petite Verdot. I love wines that are easy to drink like this! This graves open and generous and had the virtues of both dark fruit depth and red fruit freshness. The tannins were very nicely evolved and silky, giving the wine a special, supple texture. The finish did not lack for classic Graves minerality and had plenty of clean earth and lengthening acidity. This is great for now, but isn’t ticking… It should last very well.

Feb 26th, 2015
Ivonne Nill

Fabulous! Only 13 ABV, just the right amount of fruit, and earthiness, very subtle oak, still lots of development time on this wine.

Fabulous! Only 13 ABV, just the right amount of fruit, and earthiness, very subtle oak, still lots of development time on this wine.

Dec 21st, 2014