Latour à Pomerol 2016


This 8 hectare property has been managed by the JP Moueix family for 50 years and makes typically smooth and polished Pomerol from 96% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc.

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Tasting Notes

The 2016 Latour-à-Pomerol feels a little smudged on the nose compared to its peers, touches of mocha infusing ripe red fruit that doesn’t quite display the energy of the 2015. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin and a fine thread of acidity. However, I would not rank this among the best Latour-à-Pomerols in recent years; it needs more vigor and backbone on the finish. Drink 2021-2037.

Score: 91Neal Martin, (Jan 2019), January 2019

The 2016 Latour a Pomerol is a blend of 96% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc this year. I found the nose a little disjointed compared to others, maybe just a touch of leanness here, although it does meld together with aeration and develops attractive mineral/limestone scents that complement the bright red fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with gritty tannin on the entry, plenty of tobacco and cedar notes lending it a Left Bank-like personality, a touch rigid towards the finish. Not a bad Latour-à-Pomerol, but to be honest I have tasted better in recent vintages, including the 2014 and 2015.
Drink Date 2021 - 2038

Score: 90/92Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017

Blended of 96% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc, the medium garnet-purple colored 2016 Latour à Pomerol is a little reticent to begin, unfolding slowly to give glimpses of warm redcurrants, fresh plums and kirsch scents plus wafts of tar, garrigue and forest floor. Medium-bodied, the palate is tightly wound, offering great freshness and a firm frame of grainy tannins, finishing long and earthy. Drink 2019 - 2039.

Score: 94Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim), November 2018

A juicy and refined wine with deep fruit, firm and silky tannins and a fresh finish. Medium-bodied and edgy and bright. Doesn’t possess the power of the 2015 but outstanding.

Score: 93/94James Suckling,, March 2017

The 2016 Latour à Pomerol is a very beautiful wine. It is also quite a bit more reticent than most Pomerols in this vintage. Savory herb, leather, rose petal, blood orange, cedar, tobacco, menthol and dried cherry lift from the glass. En primeur, the 2016 was quite sensual, whereas today is decidedly powerful and structured. It will be interesting to see where things go in the coming years. One thing is for sure. I would not dream of opening a bottle anytime soon. Drink 2026-2046.

Score: 94+Antonio Galloni,, January 2019

The 2016 Latour à Pomerol is all about feel. Broad, ample and creamy on the palate, it offers striking textural nuance and overall finesse. All the elements fall into place effortlessly. Rose petal, sweet red berry and minty notes add to the wine's brightness and total sensuality.

Score: 92/95Antonio Galloni,, April 2017

Dark crimson. Relatively light nose with some floral hints. Sprightly with notable acidity. Polished and racy with very marked tannins. For the moment it's all potential rather than reality.
Drink 2028-2044

Score: 17Jancis Robinson MW,, April 2017

This 8 hectare property has been managed by the JP Moueix family for 50 years and makes typically smooth and polished Pomerol from 96% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc. Pure in Merlot fruit character - bright cherry fruits with a touch of sweet vanilla. The palate is juicy and sumptuous yet sleek thanks to the freshness of acidity. The tannins are silky, delicate and fine, giving creamy, chocolatey texture through the mid palate. The finish is all about harmony - pure, long and crunchy with real restraint and elegance.

Score: 16.5+Farr Vintners, February 2017

The 2016 Château Latour a Pomerol (96% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc) is a beautiful, classic, downright sexy Pomerol. Plenty of black cherries, currants, chocolate, and earthy tobacco notes all emerge from this medium-bodied, plump, rounded beauty that has impeccable balance, ripe, present tannins, loads of sweet fruit, and a great finish. It's a beauty. Drink 2021-2041.

Score: 93Jeb Dunnuck,, March 2019

Ripe black plums the fruit is fleshy and rich the mid palate supple with fine integrated tannins. Bright in the middle bramble freshness but under this there is the richness of ripe black plum and cherry. 2025-36

Score: 89/92Derek Smedley MW,, April 2017

Latour à Pomerol has a reputation for producing meaty, backward wines, but the opposite is the case here. So fresh and smooth that you could sup it from the barrel as it matures, this is a fresh, floral, grassy delight with fine tannins and stylish oak integration. 2022-30

Score: 95Tim Atkin MW,, April 2017

Plush and pumped up, stretching out with those elongated tannins and fresh acidities. Totally gorgeous cassis, blackberry, coffee, peppery spice, slate and tar. It's muscular and ripped, but with a wonderfully rich, textured quality to the tannins. Very much a physical experience, you are pushing through these flavours one at a time. 96% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc.

Drinking Window 2027 - 2045

Score: 94Jane Anson,, April 2017

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