Chateau Latour-Martillac

Pessac-Leognan Red Bordeaux Blend

9.183 ratings
9.211 pro ratings
Pessac-Léognan, Graves, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
Top Notes For
Alex Lallos

Owner No Limit Fine Wines, Private Wine Consultant

9.2

Honestly Latour Martillac has occupied a soft spot in my heart since I first went to Bordeaux 12 years ago. It was our first tour and dinner during en premieur week 2008. The tour was ‘old school’ like the label but the wines were actually incredibly good for a pretty large production. Although it was the 2007 blanc that stirred my senses, the reds were fabulous as well.
The Kressmann’s served us among other treats, a 95 Martillac blanc and a 75 Martillac rouge. Both of which were beautiful wines... The 75 was served with a delicate white fish wrapped in palm leaves. Not what you would expect in Bordeaux. I was figuring lamb or something.... I still dream of that fish and the elegant 75 claret. Today this 2010 rouge may be among the best wines ever made at this address. Improvements in the winery, Michel Rolland consulting, rigorous vineyard and harvest selection. A dark broad shouldered wine with grippy tannins. Aromas of violet, plum, wet gravel, black cherry and cassis fill the glass along with some oak and a hint of graphite. This wine is lovely now (with a serious decant) but should have a long long life ahead of it. In fact I’d like to catch it when it is as old as that 75 we tried on a rainy evening at the chateau in Bordeaux. ***Don’t forget to sign up for my daily email offers... alex@nolimitfinewines.com to receive up to date offers on rare and limited wines at the best prices USA***

Honestly Latour Martillac has occupied a soft spot in my heart since I first went to Bordeaux 12 years ago. It was our first tour and dinner during en premieur week 2008. The tour was ‘old school’ like the label but the wines were actually incredibly good for a pretty large production. Although it was the 2007 blanc that stirred my senses, the reds were fabulous as well.
The Kressmann’s served us among other treats, a 95 Martillac blanc and a 75 Martillac rouge. Both of which were beautiful wines... The 75 was served with a delicate white fish wrapped in palm leaves. Not what you would expect in Bordeaux. I was figuring lamb or something.... I still dream of that fish and the elegant 75 claret. Today this 2010 rouge may be among the best wines ever made at this address. Improvements in the winery, Michel Rolland consulting, rigorous vineyard and harvest selection. A dark broad shouldered wine with grippy tannins. Aromas of violet, plum, wet gravel, black cherry and cassis fill the glass along with some oak and a hint of graphite. This wine is lovely now (with a serious decant) but should have a long long life ahead of it. In fact I’d like to catch it when it is as old as that 75 we tried on a rainy evening at the chateau in Bordeaux. ***Don’t forget to sign up for my daily email offers... alex@nolimitfinewines.com to receive up to date offers on rare and limited wines at the best prices USA***

Apr 11th, 2020
Ken Z
9.2

Drank 1/18/19 at the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux event in Miami. All wines from the 2016 Vintage.

Tasting pour, no formal notes taken. Most of these wines are very tight, and will require 5-15 years to really come together. Many will likely improve a few points with time.

Prices seem to be a bit out of control with the 2016 vintage, and if there were such thing as a "value buy" presented, this was likely it at around $40

Drank 1/18/19 at the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux event in Miami. All wines from the 2016 Vintage.

Tasting pour, no formal notes taken. Most of these wines are very tight, and will require 5-15 years to really come together. Many will likely improve a few points with time.

Prices seem to be a bit out of control with the 2016 vintage, and if there were such thing as a "value buy" presented, this was likely it at around $40

Jan 21st, 2019
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

8.9

First red in flight two for the Bordeaux Master's Class at Heart's Delight with all wines from Pessac-Léognan.

Deep ruby red. A touch tart and elegant at the same time on the nose with notes of rhubarb, strawberries, raspberries, violet flowers, pepper and a touch of earthiness. Sweet heavy tannins on the attack (7.5/10) and medium bodied. Nice spices, a touch of fruit and a touch green. Very dry and a touch bitter in the long finish. Drink till 2030.

First red in flight two for the Bordeaux Master's Class at Heart's Delight with all wines from Pessac-Léognan.

Deep ruby red. A touch tart and elegant at the same time on the nose with notes of rhubarb, strawberries, raspberries, violet flowers, pepper and a touch of earthiness. Sweet heavy tannins on the attack (7.5/10) and medium bodied. Nice spices, a touch of fruit and a touch green. Very dry and a touch bitter in the long finish. Drink till 2030.

1 person found it helpfulMay 14th, 2017
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.2

Round, ripe, elegant. Blackberries, dark cherries, strawberries, dark & milk chocolate, touch of caramel, fresh flowers, sweet minerals and earth, perfect acidity and elegant finish for days. If you can find this wine, buy a bunch.

Round, ripe, elegant. Blackberries, dark cherries, strawberries, dark & milk chocolate, touch of caramel, fresh flowers, sweet minerals and earth, perfect acidity and elegant finish for days. If you can find this wine, buy a bunch.

1 person found it helpfulJan 28th, 2017
MICHAEL COOPER DipWSET

Owner TomeVinos wine shops, WSET Level 3, Blogger www.spanishwinesandmore.com, blog.tomevinos.com

9.1

Lovely #Bordeaux #grandcruclassé #pessacleognan blackberries and blue flowers

Lovely #Bordeaux #grandcruclassé #pessacleognan blackberries and blue flowers

Jun 24th, 2017
Chris MacLean

Even Bryan recognized the beauty in this beauty.

Even Bryan recognized the beauty in this beauty.

Jan 31st, 2016
Punky Mahle

Out of mag, 2010. tasty

Out of mag, 2010. tasty

Dec 28th, 2015
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Apr 13th, 2017
Andrew Runk

Daaaaaaang…

Daaaaaaang…

Sep 11th, 2021
Daniel M

Upon opening (yesterday) this was marked very strongly by oak and it was it not pleasant. Now 24 hours after it's settled down and here is what it says :
Black currant, mocha, oak mushrooms, forest soil and cedar on the nose. The palate shows a huge acid backbone which was overwhelming yesterday and which integrates better with the other elements today. Nice black currant note all along, there is a thickness to it too, and it carries a bit of weight on the sides. It is quite muscular. The mid palate is a massive tannic wall with a strong drying effect that powers a very long finish on a bitter, oaky note. It's already 8 years old yet it's not fully integrated now and mostly the acid backbone, the secondary aromas and touches and that bitter note in the end take the lead. Not my favorite expression

Upon opening (yesterday) this was marked very strongly by oak and it was it not pleasant. Now 24 hours after it's settled down and here is what it says :
Black currant, mocha, oak mushrooms, forest soil and cedar on the nose. The palate shows a huge acid backbone which was overwhelming yesterday and which integrates better with the other elements today. Nice black currant note all along, there is a thickness to it too, and it carries a bit of weight on the sides. It is quite muscular. The mid palate is a massive tannic wall with a strong drying effect that powers a very long finish on a bitter, oaky note. It's already 8 years old yet it's not fully integrated now and mostly the acid backbone, the secondary aromas and touches and that bitter note in the end take the lead. Not my favorite expression

Apr 18th, 2021