2011 Latour-Martillac, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)
This is solid, with a core of black currant, crushed plum and fig notes laced judiciously with sweet toast and graphite notes. Nice length.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
An authoritative, rich, concentrated effort, the inky/purple-colored 2011 Latour-Martillac possesses graphite and black currant aromas as well as surprisingly full, powerful flavors that transcend the vintage character. This wine needs to be forgotten for 3-4 years, and drunk over the following two decades. This is clearly an overachiever in 2011. 91+ (RP)
Barrel sample. Firmly tannic on the initial taste, this wine shows bell pepper and juicy black-fruit flavors. It is light and fruity, and finishes with dry tannins.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Opaque ruby-purple. Forest floor and tobacco notes complement blackcurrant and minerals on the nose. Fresh and nicely structured, with flavors similar to the aromas and noteworthy balance and depth. The persistent finish features fine tannins.