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Chateau Latour Pauillac 2014  - First Bottle


97+ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
The 2014 Latour is one of the very finest wines of a vintage that favored the northern Médoc. Mingling aromas of wild berries and cassis with hints of cigar wrapper, loamy soil, black truffles and classy new oak, it’s full-bodied, rich and concentrated, its broad attack segueing into a deep, tightly wound mid-palate that’s framed by powdery, chalky tannins and bright acids, concluding with a long, mouthwatering finish. This classically balanced, youthfully structured young wine looks set to enjoy prodigious longevity. It’s reminiscent of a modern-day version of a cooler vintage such as 1996, though of course these days maturity is more complete and selection even more rigorous than was the case two decades ago.
97 James Suckling -
This has aromas of black fruit, olives, wet earth, dried lavender, cloves and bark. Bitter chocolate and walnuts, too. It’s medium-to full-bodied with firm, tight-grained tannins. Structured, with great freshness and length. Cedar notes on the lighter mid-palate. Still a little tight and chewy.
97 Wine Enthusiast -
The tannins in this fine vintage of Latour are still enormous, dominating the black currant fruit. It has spice, tannins, impressive fruit and a pure, cool character. To be released in the mid-2020s, the wine is likely to age for many years.
97 Wine Spectator -
This shows terrific cut and drive from the start, with mouthwatering acidity and a chiseled graphite note leading the way, backed by a core of pure cassis and blackberry preserves. Licorice snap and sweet tobacco details flitter through the finish, where the graphite edge reemerges and sails on and on.
96 Decanter -
Reddish purple rim. Expressive on the nose; cocoa powder, truffle, soft spices, blackcurrant pastilles, black cherries and mint - the best Cabernet aromatics. Great delicacy here, this is so poised and elegant, a touch of soft sweetness to the red and black fruits. Tannins fill the mouth but this is well handled, less plump and round, more direct and linear but with a beautiful fragrance, delicacy and texture that fills the mouth but gently. Still so much juice and freshness as well as softly cooling mint tones. The fresh, vibrant flavour makes you think you could drink it now but it's only the tannins that suggest it needs longer. Still, it's lovely, with such well placed fruit flavours that hits all sides of the mouth and lingers long after the finish.
96 Jeb Dunnuck -
Deeper, richer, more concentrated, and stately than the Les Forts De Latour, the 2014 Château Latour is the wine of the vintage from the Médoc. Possessing a flawless, full-bodied, sexy and surprisingly open style on the palate, it’s relatively closed aromatically and only reluctantly gives up notes of cassis, chocolate, and lead pencil shavings. With incredible tannin quality, a layered, concentrated mid-palate, perfect balance and a great finish, it’s a classic Latour, as well as one of the few 2014s that demands cellaring. Hide bottles for 5-7 years and I suspect it will continue drinking nicely over the following three decades.
94 Vinous -
The 2014 Latour captures the personality of the year in its linear, lithe construction. It's a decidedly understated Latour that is more about finesse than brawn. Bright red cherry/plum fruit, spice, mint and sweet tobacco open over time, but at this level, wines are more about a feel, an expression of place and a vintage. The 2014 Latour embodies all the best this cool, late-ripening growing season had to offer. I loved the 2014 when it was first shown, about five years ago, and I love it today. It is a super-classic Pauillac.

Technical Details

  • BlendCabernet Sauvignon
  • CountryFrance
  • RegionBordeaux
  • AppellationPauillac
  • Alcohol13%

Chateau Latour Pauillac 2014

Cabernet Blends  |  France
WA97+, JS97, WE97, WS97, JD96, VN96

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Quadrupple 97's! We're pretty sure that means it's amazing, but we'll leave that for you to decide. "mouthwatering acidity and a chiseled graphite note leading the way, backed by a core of pure cassis and blackberry preserves." WS

About the Producer

Located in the lush commune of Pauillac in Bordeaux, Château Latour is a beacon of winemaking fame. Boasting a prestigious First Growth rating from the 1855 Bordeaux Classification, this vineyard is a hot ticket item for wine lovers everywhere. With its focus on Cabernet Sauvignon, this winery produces robust and long-lasting wines that are a force to be reckoned with. Nestled in the southeast corner of Pauillac and bordering Saint-Julien, Château Latour is a true gem of the Médoc region. Its vineyard boasts an impressive 80% of Cabernet Sauvignon, with the remaining grapes being Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. The grand vin is only made from the choicest plots surrounding the chateau, as depicted on the 1759 plan of the domaine. For those looking for a taste of Latour's signature style, but at a more accessible price point, the winery also offers Les Forts de Latour and Pauillac de Latour – both made from the vineyard's younger vines.