Deep opaque in the glass, with pure aromas of black fruit, toast, graphite and cedar – already beautifully complex. The palate reveals a fine density; rich berry and cassis, with a marked gravelly minerality. This is a taut, linear style with naturally high tannin, making for a firm, precise and powerful Latour. Impressive in the vintage context. Not imposing, but forthright, with ample toasty, cedary, black fruit and an unerring minerality. Elegant and linear, with great purity and freshness, this vintage recalls the style associated with 2004 and 2006. Very fine.
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An extraordinary wine, the classic 2008 Latour (13.5% natural alcohol) is composed of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc (40% of the production made it into the grand vin). Its dense purple color is followed by hints of espresso roast, cassis, burning embers, truffles and graphite. Rich with full-bodied power, beautiful purity and graciousness allied to a voluminous, savory, broad mouthfeel, this beauty will be drinkable in 4-5 years and will keep for three decades. Drink 2015-2045. 95+ points
The 2008 Latour has a more bold and concentrated bouquet compared to the Lafite-Rothschild, scents of blackberry, bilberry, iris, cigar humidor and cold wet stone that all surge from the glass. This is beautifully defined. The palate is medium-bodied with firm in tannin, a light marine influence infusing the black fruit, a little spice towards the finish with superb persistency. It is an authorative Latour as usual, one now beginning to enter its stride although naturally it will last for two or three decades with ease.
Ready 2012 - 2030
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Ready 2018 - 2040
Ready 2004 - 2020