2005 Latour-Martillac, Pessac-Léognan
Aromas of crushed berries, flowers and stones. It’s very ripe and rich. Yet it remains fresh. It’s full-bodied, with silky tannins and a crisp finish. It needs another year or two to soften but it’s already gorgeous to drink. Decant an hour or two before.
*Barrel Sample* With its dryness, this seems at first to be all tannin. There is, though, a black currant fruit flavor that shows through after the wine has been in the mouth for a while, and the aftertaste has fine acidity. This should develop well. (RV)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Dense ruby purple, with the oak still showing a trifle too much, this 2005 is concentrated, rich, and possibly the most extracted and densest of any wine I have ever tasted from Latour-Martillac. Still youthful (with lots of cassis and graphite), this 2005 has entered its plateau of maturity. It should hit its prime in another 5 years and last a quarter of a century or more. 90+ (RP)
Very thick and sweet and a bit furry. Lacks freshness though certainly opulent. (16/20 points)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Medium red-ruby. Full-blown aromas of plum, mocha, hot stones, camphor and nutty, spicy oak, along with a whiff of leather. Sweet, lush and plump; today I find that this wine has less shape than the young 2007, even if it's richer. Finishes with round but chewy tannins that call for some bottle aging. (ST)
Wine & Spirits
Decant this and its elements join into a fresh and juicy steak frites wine. The fruit is pretty and red, with a hint of green peppercorn to the tannin.
Exhibits blackberry, spice and sweet tobacco on the nose. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a fruity, earthy finish. Very refined. (JS)