2014 Latour-Martillac Blanc, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1201279 93-95 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Barrel Sample* This is a very fine wine, with intense acidity, green edges and smoky fruit flavors. It is complex and tightly textured, promising good aging potential.  (3/2015)

92-93 points James Suckling

 Dense and silky texture for a white with sliced apple, pear and stone character. Full and solid. Texture of a red wine. Solid.  (4/2015)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Château Latour-Martillac Blanc 2014 has voluminous nose: tinned pineapple intermingling with white peach and citrus aromas, but perhaps missing the killer delineation of its peers at this point. The palate is well balanced with a dab of sour lemon on the entry. It gently builds in the mouth, mustering more and more precision until the finish that delivers lemongrass mixed with orange zest notes. This will be fascinating to revisit after bottling. It does not quite know what it wants to do at the moment... it may evolve into a very fine white Pessac-Léognan that will exceed my score. 90-92+ (NM)  (4/2015)

88-91 points Vinous

 The 2014 Latour-Martillac Blanc offers good energy and tension throughout. White flowers, crushed rocks, lime and lemon peel are all crystalline and pure in the glass. There is good depth to the fruit although some slightly rough edges remain. (AG)  (4/2015)

88-91 points Wine Spectator

 *Barrel Tasting* Features a plump core of white peach and lemon granita, offset by honeysuckle and tarragon notes. Shows a twinge of lime on the finish. (Web only—2015)

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- Graves is the large red and white wine region located to the southeast of the city of Bordeaux along the Garonne River. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the red wines from the area, while the whites are mixtures of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The most important area within the Graves is the village of Pessac-Leognan. Most of the great chateaux, including Haut Brion, a premier cru and the only wine outside of the Medoc to be included in the 1855 Classification, are located in this small appellation. Graves derives its name from the rocky, stony terrain of the region. Many people believe that the stony soil radiates the day's heat at night and thus makes the grapes ripen earlier than the other regions in Bordeaux.