May 27, 2020
SOLD OUT In Bordeaux Under Two Hours: Latour Release Direct from the Château Cellar with Prooftags! Eight Years Later the Wine of the Vintage Is Finally Released. Plus, a Taste of the Fabled Château that Begins At $79.99.
“Latour is always the most difficult Medoc first-growth to find, largely because the vineyard and production are much smaller than its peers and because of the severe selection… the 2012 representing only 36% of the crop.” Robert Parker
“[The 2012 Latour] has always been a candidate for wine of the vintage... just have a bit of patience.” – Neal Martin
All eyes are on the historic First Growth of Pauillac today as Château Latour has released the 2012 Latour for the very first time — along with the 2014 Les Forts de Latour. These wines come direct from the cellars in Bordeaux, allowing for aged bottles of unprecedented provenance and pedigree! The offer represents the debut release of the iconic wine, a Grand Vin that Neal Martin has repeatedly stated that Latour “has always been a candidate for wine of the vintage...” More importantly, the wine is available at one-third the price of its vintage siblings of 2009 and 2010. Unfortunately, there are just a few hundred cases of this almost decade-old wine of provenance for the world, and it should be noted that the wine SOLD OUT in less than two hours this morning upon release in Bordeaux. IWM is receiving a mere handful of cases, and to help put this in perspective, we are allocated only six magnums (1.5L) and two Imperials (6.0L).
Today’s grand début is one of significance, as the last release of the flagship wine was the 2011. It is a landmark moment for the fabled estate because it has been a decade since Frédéric Engerer and the Château controversially removed itself from the en primeur system, opting instead to release the wines themselves to market when they deemed the wines have entered their proper drinking window — a noble approach that IWM can appreciate. I had the opportunity to experience the 2012 and 2014 vintages at Latour over the years during annual visits to Pauillac, and I can say first-hand that the château has delivered in this sleeper vintage. Latour’s signature structure and underlying minerality is present here, but with balancing elegance and the signature texture that blossoms on the mid-palate. It is a Bordeaux that can please the claret enthusiast and even the ardent Burghead. The wines will arrive in OWC or their original wood case (available in OWCx3, OWCx6, OWCx12), with a prooftag indicating the 2020 release.
However, it does not end with the flagship Latour or sibling Les Forts bottlings – value can too be found from this historic address at $84.99. The recently arrived Pauillac de Latour is a wine that is released to a handful of merchants in the U.S. and was originally poured only at the estate — you will find very little of the wine in the country. The label says it all and bears the same medieval dovecot that screams the excellence and history that we have come to associate with Château Latour. Tracing its history back to 1331, the picturesque estate and its symbolic tower are nestled on the Gironde River. What separates Latour’s property from the other First Growths has been its ability to consistently perform throughout history.
This is a monumental offering of a wine that is widely considered to be the pinnacle expression in the world. All orders are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to final confirmation.
Featured Wine(s): The Historic Debut of the 2012 Latour (Click to Order)
*indicates pre-arrival. The wines include the 25% tariff.
Additional Notes and Reviews:
2014 Pauillac de Château Latour
Christopher Deas, Italian Wine Merchants: “We were at Château Latour last year and tasting through the new releases, along with some back vintage selections. It may sound unusual, but it was the Grand Vin that surprised us, but rather this little third wine. As Bordeaux as proven time and time again, it’s often the difficult years when Bordeaux does great things. Just try the 1999 Latour – a vintage that everyone wrote off that is stunning today. While on a different grading scale, the Pauillac de Latour is an overachiever, much like the Margaux de Château Margaux and Croix de Beaucaillou. The wines impress today, and the Pauillac de Latour is a Burgundy in Bordeaux clothes. It offers macerated cherries, wild berries, mulberry, currant, wet tobacco, cedar, baked earth, brown spice with a touch of smoke and pepper. It is lean and fresh, charming and approachable. It is imminently enjoyable Latour – how often do you get to say that? Grab this crowd-pleaser.”
2014 Les de Latour:
93 Points, Decanter Magazine: “Highly enjoyable, has gorgeous elegance and freshness, and is showing better right now than the 2015 Pauillac de Latour. Extremely fresh, hedgerow and cassis bud backed up by richer seams of liquorice and blackberry. Not yet ready but you can see that with a stiff wind and a good carafe, you could get there in the next few years. Tight black spice uncurls to show carefully-delivered smoked cedar on the finish.”
93 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: “The 2014 Les Forts de Latour is a blend of 71.4% Cabernet Sauvignon and 28.6% Merlot. Deep garnet-purple colored, it needs a little coaxing to reveal expanding scents of blackcurrant pastilles, baked plums and boysenberries with suggestions of wood smoke, fragrant earth, cast-iron pan and charcuterie plus a faint waft of black truffles. Medium-bodied, the earthy/savory palate has loads of lively black fruit with a refreshing line and firm, grainy tannins, finishing on a lingering ferrous note.”
2012 Château Latour
96+ Points, Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate: “The 2012 Latour is a blend of 90.2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9.6% Merlot and 0.2% Petit Verdot. Medium to deep garnet colored, the nose slowly, measuredly emerges with notions of preserved Morello cherries, baked blackcurrants and blackberry compote, giving way to nuances of pencil shavings, unsmoked cigars, Chinese five spice and sandalwood plus ever so subtle hints of cardamom and eucalyptus. Medium-bodied, the palate delivers mouth-coating black and red fruit preserves with a firm, grainy-textured frame and fantastic freshness, finishing with a veritable firework display of lingering spices and minerals. This is a more restrained, relatively elegant vintage of Latour that may not have that “iron fist in a velvet glove” power of the greatest vintages but nonetheless struts its superior terroir and behind-the-scenes savoir faire with impressive panache. It is drinking nicely now with suitably rounded-off, approachable tannins, and the tertiary characters are just beginning to bring some more cerebral elements into the compote of temptingly primary black fruits. But, if you’re looking to drink it in full, flamboyant swing, give it another 5-10 years in bottle and drink it over the next 20-25 years+.”
96 Points, Neal Martin, Vinous: “The 2012 Latour has a potent bouquet of blackberry, graphite and distinctive tertiary notes [instead of more marine scents observed four years earlier]. Initially, the palate is slightly disjointed on the entry and displays a subtle herbal quality, plus hints of pencil shavings. The 2012 demands a few minutes to really coalesce and achieve the precision and pixelation that have been the hallmark of this Grand Vin in its youth. Layers of black fruit coat the mouth, and a bitter edge lends tension, particularly toward the very persistent finish. Though its release implies, and the rhetoric from the château indicates, that it is ready to drink, if you want my advice, cellar the 2012 for another five or six years to witness it in full flight. It has always been a candidate for wine of the vintage… just have a bit of patience.”
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