2015 Latour-Martillac Blanc, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1253142 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Deliciously aromatic, this wine is tight and structured but holds great promise. Acidity and citrus flavors balance with the perfumed character of the richer fruits and the touch of wood from the barrel aging. (RV)  (4/2018)

93 points James Suckling

 Aromas of stones, bark, lemon peel and green apples. Steely undertone. Full-bodied, dense and supple with delicious fruit and depth. Solid acid backbone with a brightness and liveliness. Drink now.  (2/2018)

93 points Vinous

 Power and aromatic intensity are two of the signatures of the 2015 Latour-Martillac Blanc. The citrus peel, almond and floral notes are finely sketched, but it is really the wine's bouquet that gives the 2015 its distinctive personality and pedigree. There is plenty to admire here. (AG)  (2/2018)

91 points Decanter

 This is focussed and rich, lacking the zest of the fresher years but there's no question that it still delivers an enjoyable glass. Touches of freshly cut rosemary add complexity. (JA)  (3/2018)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Latour Martillac 2015 Blanc opens with fresh straw, preserved lemons, kumquat and peach kernel notes. The medium-bodied mouth is fine and intense with a lively backbone and fruity finish. (LPB)  (2/2018)

Jancis Robinson

 Medium-intense nose that's limey and smoky. Lots of acidity and medium weight. Attractively creamy texture. Should not disappoint...  (4/2016)

K&L Notes

94 points Neal Martin: "The Latour Martillac 2015 Blanc has a very satisfying bouquet with fresh green apple, white peach and orange blossom, all very nicely integrated with the oak. The palate feels crisp and energetic, very linear and taut at the moment but with an impressive, mineral-driven, almost Chenin-like finish with traces of fennel and sunflower seed. This is a superb white Pessac-Léognan that should age with style. Anticipated maturity: 2020 - 2035." (02/2018)

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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.