2005 Latour-Martillac, Pessac-Léognan

SKU #1194609 93 points James Suckling

 Aromas of crushed berries, flowers and stones. It’s very ripe and rich. Yet it remains fresh. It’s full-bodied, with silky tannins and a crisp finish. It needs another year or two to soften but it’s already gorgeous to drink. Decant an hour or two before.  (10/2012)

91-93 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Barrel Sample* With its dryness, this seems at first to be all tannin. There is, though, a black currant fruit flavor that shows through after the wine has been in the mouth for a while, and the aftertaste has fine acidity. This should develop well. (RV)  (6/2006)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Dense ruby purple, with the oak still showing a trifle too much, this 2005 is concentrated, rich, and possibly the most extracted and densest of any wine I have ever tasted from Latour-Martillac. Still youthful (with lots of cassis and graphite), this 2005 has entered its plateau of maturity. It should hit its prime in another 5 years and last a quarter of a century or more. 90+ (RP)  (6/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 Very thick and sweet and a bit furry. Lacks freshness though certainly opulent. (16/20 points)  (2/2009)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Medium red-ruby. Full-blown aromas of plum, mocha, hot stones, camphor and nutty, spicy oak, along with a whiff of leather. Sweet, lush and plump; today I find that this wine has less shape than the young 2007, even if it's richer. Finishes with round but chewy tannins that call for some bottle aging. (ST)  (5/2008)

Wine & Spirits

 Decant this and its elements join into a fresh and juicy steak frites wine. The fruit is pretty and red, with a hint of green peppercorn to the tannin.  (10/2008)

Wine Spectator

 Exhibits blackberry, spice and sweet tobacco on the nose. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a fruity, earthy finish. Very refined. (JS)  (3/2008)

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Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/26/2017 | Send Email
One of the top vintages of the decade in Bordeaux, and a great success at Latour-Martillac. The perfect choice for the cellar. Still youthful at more than ten years of age with lively acidity and firm tannins. Very fresh with ripe, sweet fruit. Will keep well for another 5 years at least then drink well for another decade or more. 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/25/2017 | Send Email
We recently were lucky to taste through a fairly extensive vertical of this excellent Graves estate's wines. The 2005, as Clyde wisely suggested, seems to combine aspects of the excellent 2009 and 2010 vintages. It shows loads of potential in its bright, focused fruit and early stage development, though the tannins seem to still be obscuring some of the greatness in this wine. It would do quite well for a steak and claret evening if given an hour decant, though I suspect that the 15 year rule (15 years from the vintage) applies for those who want to to enjoy this wine as it truly hit its stride.

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/24/2015 | Send Email
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This property has been neglected by us in the past-our mistake. The 2005 has great terroir on the nose and palate. Plenty of structure for the cellar and a sweet middle fruit.
Drink from 2015 to 2025

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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.


- 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.


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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.