2017 Château Latour

Pauillac,  Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot

AOC Pauillac,  Médoc,  Bordeaux,  France

$115
JD 90
RP 91
V 92
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GRAND CRU CLASSÉS EN 1855, Premier Cru

2017 Chateau Latour Le Pauillac de Latour, Pauillac, France

Following a cold and dry winter, the growth cycle started with a significant water deficit. In spite of a relatively mild March, vegetative regrowth was curbed by the cool soils so bud break occurred near to the normal time, on 29th March (Merlot) and 3rd April (Cabernet Sauvignon). Significant differences in day - and night-time temperatures were noticeable in April, as well as the lack of rainfall which encouraged an even and regular development of the vines. However, two nights of devastating Spring frost on 27th and 28th April affected 2.6 hectares at Château Latour mainly on plots used to make the Pauillac. Rainfall was moderately higher than average in May, yet concentrated over only 9 days. Coupled with early-summer heat, this encouraged very active vegetative growth and led to an early flowering which took place quickly and evenly in sunny conditions. The first three weeks of June were dry, though 80mm of rain fell in just 5 days at the end of the month, rejuvenating the vineyard, in particular the suffering younger vines. The dry and moderately hot summer with cool early mornings and no damaging heat spikes enabled the grapes to ripen evenly. However, rainfall in the first couple of weeks of September cast a shadow over the harvest.

BLEND
53% cabernet sauvignon, 40% merlot, 7% petit verdot.

HARVEST
Picking began on 11th September and continued until 19th
October.

TASTING COMMENT
A superb Pauillac with a deep purple hue. Lashings of juicy
black fruit, a touch of pencil lead and anise with delicate floral
hints. Medium-bodied, it is lively wine thanks to refreshing
acidity, supple tannins and great fruit concentration. Good
linear finish.

JD 90

Jeb Dunnuck

The 2017 Le Pauillac De Château Latour is round and forward, with charming notes of ripe currants, dried tobacco, and sandalwood in its medium-bodied, elegant profile. This is a pretty, already accessible, delicious Pauillac to enjoy over the coming decade or more, although, I have no doubt it will evolve for longer. Reviewed by Jeb Dunnuck, Issue date: August 2022. Drinking window: 2022 - 2034.
RP 91

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

Latour’s indecently good 2017 Le Pauillac de Château Latour bursts with fragrant aromas of creamy cassis, wild berries and plums. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and polished, it’s supple and succulent, with an enveloping core of fruit, lively acids and already melting tannins. This is already very approachable on release. Reviewed by William Kelley, Issue date: March 2022. Drinking window: 2021 - 2037.
V 92

Vinous

The 2017 Pauillac is a gorgeous wine. Unlike most of the Latour releases of these last few years, it needs more time in bottle! There is plenty of textural depth, but the acids are high and the tannins are a bit larger in size than is typical for the Pauillac. I very much like the wine's exuberance and power. The 2017 is still very vibrant. It just needs time to develop more aromatic nuance. Reviewed by Antonio Galloni , Issue date: January 2022. Drinking window: 2025 - 2037.

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JD 90

Jeb Dunnuck

The 2017 Le Pauillac De Château Latour is round and forward, with charming notes of ripe currants, dried tobacco, and sandalwood in its medium-bodied, elegant profile. This is a pretty, already accessible, delicious Pauillac to enjoy over the coming decade or more, although, I have no doubt it will evolve for longer. Reviewed by Jeb Dunnuck, Issue date: August 2022. Drinking window: 2022 - 2034.
RP 91

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

Latour’s indecently good 2017 Le Pauillac de Château Latour bursts with fragrant aromas of creamy cassis, wild berries and plums. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and polished, it’s supple and succulent, with an enveloping core of fruit, lively acids and already melting tannins. This is already very approachable on release. Reviewed by William Kelley, Issue date: March 2022. Drinking window: 2021 - 2037.
V 92

Vinous

The 2017 Pauillac is a gorgeous wine. Unlike most of the Latour releases of these last few years, it needs more time in bottle! There is plenty of textural depth, but the acids are high and the tannins are a bit larger in size than is typical for the Pauillac. I very much like the wine's exuberance and power. The 2017 is still very vibrant. It just needs time to develop more aromatic nuance. Reviewed by Antonio Galloni , Issue date: January 2022. Drinking window: 2025 - 2037.

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