The 2012 Chateau Latour Grand Cru Classé wine has a potent bouquet of blackberry, graphite and distinctive tertiary notes instead of more marine scents observed four years earlier. Initially, the palate of this Chateau Latour wine is slightly disjointed on the entry and displays a subtle herbal quality, plus hints of pencil shavings. This Chateau Latour Grand Vin Pauillac wine 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.
The Chateau Latour 1er Grand Cru Classé wine will be by far the biggest release since Latour brought in the new system, as the 2012 has not been on the market before. It’s a good one to start with as this is a vintage where the drinking window is starting to come into view.
The 2012 Chateau Latour wine is a blend of 90.2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9.6% Merlot and 0.2% Petit Verdot.
97 points Decanter
96 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
95 points Wine Spectator