2011 Latour, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival)
** Cellar Selection ** Big tannins and impressive fruits are the hallmarks of this impressive wine. It is also subtle, not showing all its flavors at once, hiding beneath tannins and structure. For this fruity vintage, it shows a strong sense of direct, solid structure, only allowing the strong black plum and berry flavors to come through slowly. It is for the long haul, so don’t drink before 2022, even better later.
This has a gorgeous core of steeped plum, boysenberry and black currant coulis flavors, backed by a prominent graphite note that drives through the lengthy finish, where extra hints of anise and sweet tobacco flitter in the background. Regal. Best from 2018 through 2035.
The nose is complex, featuring smoke, meat and hints of wood, with currants, olives and berries underneath. Full body with super-velvety tannins. The strong acidity gives the wine an edginess. Love the spicy, subtly fruity finish. Steely. Try in 2020.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A blend of 84.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 0.5% Petit Verdot, the 2011 Latour represents only 34% of the crop. It hit 13.1% natural alcohol. One of the vintage-s most compelling wines, it possesses a dense ruby/purple color as well as a sweet, open-knit personality with ripe tannin, superb intensity, good purity and harmony, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, and lots of crushed rock, floral and black as well as blue fruit notes in addition to hints of ink and forest floor. This beautifully rich, savory Latour will be surprisingly drinkable in 4-5 years, and should age easily for two decades or more.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(84.5% cabernet sauvignon, 15% merlot and 0.5% petit verdot; IPT 87; a 34% selection; 13.1% alcohol): Deep ruby. Pure, refined aromas of red fruits, dark plum, cedar and delicate spices. Enters the mouth dense, suave and juicy, offering blackcurrant, mineral and graphite flavors enlivened by strong but harmonious acidity. Very graceful on the long finish, showing extremely fine tannins. A comparatively light style of Latour, but looks to be another very successful wine from an estate that has been on a roll of late. I think it will pick up more flesh and fill out nicely with bottle aging.
**½ 84.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, .5% Petit Verdot. Only 6,000 cases produced. Black color. Asian spice, cinnamon and black pepper aromas. Sweet mid-palate with layers of fruit. A very complex, lovely wine. This may be the last year to buy this property on futures.