2013 Latour-Martillac Blanc, Pessac-Léognan

SKU #1235289 92-94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel Sample. Complex and rich, this wine is fully textured, with ripe fruit flavors and balanced acidity. There is a touch of ginger, giving the wine extra complexity.

89-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright straw yellow. Sauvignon-dominated aromas of white flowers, grapefruit and sage. Then slightly austere in the mouth, with grapefruit and sage flavors lifted by lively acidity and complicated by a strong wet stone quality. Finishes saline and long, with bracing acidity. This should age extremely well, and I think it will need at least eight to ten from the vintage to show its best.  (6/2014)

Vinous

 Lime, grapefruit, white flowers and crushed rocks are some of the notes that emerge from the 2013 Latour Martillac Blanc. The bracing, energetic finish is quite appealing. There is a lot to like here.  (4/2014)

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/21/2016 | Send Email
Another favorite white from the fabulous 2013 white Bordeaux vintage. Complex and rich, this wine is fully textured, with ripe fruit flavors and balanced acidity. There is a touch of ginger along with citrus, giving the wine extra complexity.

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Varietal:

Semillon

- A rich, viscous, full-flavored but subtly-scented and botrytis-prone white grape, Sémillon reaches magical heights when infected with "noble rot" and combined with even small amounts of the aromatic and high-acid Sauvignon Blanc to make Sauternes, one of the world's most revered and longest-lived wines, and in the sweet wines of surrounding regions like Barsac. Sémillon's most famous incarnation is in the wines of Château d'Yquem, one of the world's most expensive wines, and one that has been known to evolve for centuries. It frequently dominates, but not by much, in the oak-aged whites of Bordeaux's Graves and Pessac-Léognan, creating honeyed and viscous wines that are unlike any others. Elsewhere in Bordeaux and around France it takes on a supporting role in the wines of Entre-Deux-Mers and the Médoc. While planted throughout France, Europe, California and Washington, Sémillon's role as underling usually keeps it out of the spotlight with a few winery-specific exceptions. However, the grape is allowed to shine in Australia's Hunter Valley, where it is used to make an elegant dry wine often called, perplexingly, Hunter Valley Riesling. It also makes some incredible dry, oaked wines from the Barossa and lovely stickies in the style of Sauternes.
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France

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Bordeaux

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Pessac-Leognan/Graves

- 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.