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

SKU #1201280 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. (RV)  (4/2015)

90-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Château Latour-Martillac 2014 has a light, slightly pinched bouquet with sultry blackberry and briary fruit, but missing the sense of energy of a great vintage. The palate is medium-bodied with a sweet ripe dark cherry and peppery entry. The tannins feel soft, saturated even, and the finish compensates for the nose with commendable precision if not quite the length. (NM)  (4/2015)

90-93 points Wine Spectator

 Ripe but racy, with the core of raspberry, plum and blackberry confiture coursing along thanks to mouthwatering acidity, while anise, cinnamon and black tea notes fill the finish. Shows admirable grip, too. (Web only-2015) (JM)

91-92 points James Suckling

 A rich and fruity red with lots of fruit and fresh tannins. Big and juicy. Muscular.  (3/2015)

89-92 points Vinous

 Dark red cherry, plum, smoke, tobacco and wild flowers meld together in the 2014 Latour-Martillac. Unusually supple and fruit-driven, the 2014 offers lovely up-front intensity, but then loses just a touch of persistence on the mid-palate and finish. (ID)  (4/2015)

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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.