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.
The 2012 Chateau Latour 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. 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 Chateau Latour for another five or six years to witness it in full flight. This Chateau Latour 2012 has always been a candidate for wine of the vintage. Drink 2025-2055.
The 2012 Chateau Latour 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.
97 points Decanter
96 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
95 points Wine Spectator