2007 Pauillac de Latour, Pauillac

SKU #1082869

At long last, we've been able to secure some of Bordeaux' best kept secret--Pauillac de Latour--the "other" wine from the esteemed first growth that has been pretty darn impossible to find anywhere outside Bordeaux until now. The 2007 is a truly fabulous wine, composed of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot. It's a Baby Latour at a fraction of the price. K&L founder Clyde Beffa Jr. is adding this to his personal cellar, and if you want to follow suit you're best advised to act fast. Although Latour produces a little each vintage, it isn't much (only 15% total production - about 3000 cases) and we got all we could, which still isn't much! According to Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Three strong efforts from Latour include the 2007 Pauillac. A sleeper of the vintage, it is a delicious as well as fairly priced introduction to the brilliant winemaking at this noble estate. Its dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by notes of crushed rocks, red and black fruits, medium body, sweet tannin, and a long finish. It should continue to provide plenty of pleasure over the next 7-10 years.." (04/10) Don't sleep on this sleeper!

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/29/2011  | Send Email
We have tried to buy this wine for the last twenty years--and we finally succeeded! The third wine of Latour, This wine is just a step behind the les Forts de latour 2007-being easier to drink now and more fruit forward. It has a regal aroma-perfectly balanced, pronounced black fruit on the nose. So lovely on the palate with tons of fruit and perfect acidity. Balanced and ready to drink now with three hours decanting or cellaring for 10 + years. A baby Latour at 20% of the price-one third the price of les Forts de Latour. Stunning wine going into my cellar.-CB

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Pauillac

- Pauillac is probably the most famous village in Bordeaux. Located between St. Julien and St. Estephe, it has more of the top ranked chateau than the other four appellations of the Haut Medoc. This area has three of the five premier cru classe wineries: Lafite Rothschild, Latour, and Mouton Rothschild. There are two of the top second-growths (Pichon Lalande and Pichon Baron) as well as several outstanding fourth and fifth-growth chateaux including Lynch Bages. Because of the gravely soils and great drainage, Pauillac has the ideal conditions to grow great Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines from this village are some of the longest-lived in Bordeaux.