Latour 2018


Many have called this the best vineyard in the world and the dynamic Director of Chateau Latour, Frédéric Engerer, is determined to make the greatest wine possible. He has the confidence of owner, François Pinault, to do all that it takes to achieve this aim. Only the best vines from the "enclos" of the vineyard are used for the Grand Vin. There is an outstanding second label - Les Forts de Latour - that is of super-second growth quality, a third wine - Pauillac de Latour - matches well known classed growths and even a very good 4th wine that is Chateau bottled but not released under the Chateau's own label. The policy here is to no longer sell the wines en primeur but to wait until they are mature before they are released. The 2012 should be released in March 2020. This 2018 will need at least 10 years until we see it again, but could it be the new 1959? It combines tannin with cream and is both muscular and elegant. Made from 91% Cabernet Sauvignon with 9% Merlot.

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Tasting Notes

The 2018 Latour is composed of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Merlot, with 14.3% alcohol and an IPT (total polyphenol index) of 81. Very deep purple-black in color, it is very reluctant to show itself to start. With considerable coaxing, it begins to give up notions of chocolate-covered cherries, kirsch, blackcurrant cordial, Sichuan pepper, hoisin and underbrush scents with slowly unfurling red roses, woodsmoke and espresso plus a waft of truffles. The full-bodied palate is a bodybuilder—absolutely stacked with taut, muscular cassis and savory layers, structured with sky-high, very firm, very ripe tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and layered. Powerful!

Score: 98/100Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019), April 2019

A solid and statuesque Latour with an extremely dense yet refined center palate of steely tannins and lots of blue fruit and an undertone of graphite. Some slate, too. It’s tight and very powerful. Reminds me of the texture of the 1959 (which I didn’t taste in barrel!) But the density here is so, so long. Steely.

Score: 99/100James Suckling,, April 2019

The 2018 Latour is fabulous. Rich, dense and unctuous on the palate, the 2018 possesses tremendous textural resonance. Huge tannins give the wine energy and drive, but there is more than enough fruit to balance things out. My impression is that the 2018 is holding a lot back. Then again, it is Latour. The interplay of aromatic intensity, fruit richness and structure is compelling. Even with all of density, the 2018 possesses terrific energy and drive.

Score: 96/99Antonio Galloni,, May 2019

91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, pH 3.85. Only 7% press wine. 37% of production. Barrel sample.
The colour of elderberry juice, so dark. Rich and luscious on the nose. The tannins are even finer than on Les Forts but it is more aromatic on the palate than usual, more exotic and more obvious and immediate fruit flavours. Compact, dense, concentrated yet complex too. Riches on the palate that show more than usually at this stage. A rather exotic Latour. (JH) 14.3%
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Score: 18Julia Harding MW,, April 2019

Deep, saturated purple in the glass. The nose is brooding and deep, with peppery black fruit, damson and toasty, spicy oak. The palate is initially glossy and supple, but the tannins build through the mid-palate to give a thick and mouthcoating richness of structure. There is tremendous depth of black fruit that starts compact but expands and drives the palate forward. This is ripe, redolent and exuberant, but the bright acidity and firm structure tame any excess and provide great delineation and precision. This is a true Vin de Garde, profound, deep and extremely long. A great Latour that is doubtless one of the wines of the vintage.

Score: 19.5Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, April 2019

Possibly the wine of the vintage from the Médoc and a selection of just 37% of the total production, the 2018 Château Latour is a blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Merlot that hit 14.3% natural alcohol (IPT is 81), which is up there for this estate. Offering extraordinary depth and richness as well as thrilling cassis fruit, notes of tobacco, cedar, and crushed rocks, it hits the palate with a wealth of raw material yet stays flawlessly balanced, ethereal, and long. Pure class and a legendary wine in the making, it should be approachable with 5-7 years of bottle age given this vintage's sexy style, yet keep for just about as long as you'd like to hold bottles.

Score: 98/100Jeb Dunnuck,, May 2019

A hugely impressive wine, powerful and concentrated, this is going to make a lot of friends, particularly those who loved the style of Latour in vintages like 2010.

It has less fragrant nuances than in recent years but it’s full of liquorice, slate, cigar box, pencil lead, bergamot, black tea, black fruit jelly and fresh mint. No one can doubt that this is going to run and run but it will take its time to come around.

Low yields of 24hl/ha after one of the most careful sorting processes ever to ensure no berries were affected by mildew. The harvest took place between 17 September and 11 October. 37% of overall production went into the grand vin. 3.7pH. 81IPT.

Drinking Window 2029 - 2050

Score: 98Jane Anson,, April 2019

(91 Cabernet Sauvignon, 9 Merlot) | 14.3% alc | This wine represents 37% of production | 81 IPT Another incredibly high Cabernet percentage at Latour and this time the power and muscle is very evident. There is little beauty here, just structure and brawn and there is a sour note on account of the ripeness of the skins which warns the taster away. Hints of exoticism can be seen but they are quickly ushered away – mere fripperies, not to be trifled with. The calibre of Cabernet here is awe-inspiring but it is equally mono-tonal in its delivery and so we must be exceptionally patient to allow these defences to start to give way. I anticipate that this wine will not start drinking this side of 2035, by which time I am sure it will have been made available for sale. I can sense that there is an awful lot of potential here, but I don’t think that it is quite as stellar as the 2010 or my perfect-scoring 2016.

Score: 19+Matthew Jukes,, April 2019

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