2004 Chateau Latour

Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot

France / Bordeaux / Medoc / AOC Pauillac

$685
JD 94
RP 95
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1er Grand Cru Classé

2004 Chateau Latour, Pauillac, France

Weather Conditions
Exceptionally uneven rainfall throughout the growing cycle. Two main climate groups can be identified for 2001: the first was characterized by excessive rainfall during October, January, May and August, reaching up to 180% of the average cumulative rainfall. The second showed significant deficits in December, February, March, June and September, when the total rainfall barely exceeded 30% of the total regional average. The first flowers appeared on the Merlot on 25 May and flowering ended in mid-June in perfect conditions. Fine weather returned in September, with maximum temperatures of above 25oC for more than 20 days! The 2004 harvest period was one of the most extended in the wine's history. The merlot was harvested from 23 to 30 September, and then, from 7 to 19 October, in cold, driving rain, we harvested tight, rich, intense Cabernets of enormous complexity.


JD 94

Jeb Dunnuck

The 2004 Latour checks in as a blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and a splash of Cabernet Franc, all aged in new French oak. It shows the more elegant, silky style of the vintage, yet with plenty of Latour grandeur and depth in its ripe cassis, smoky mineral, graphite, and saddle leather aromas and flavors. It’s medium to full-bodied, impressively concentrated, and has serious length, as well as another two decades of longevity, although it’s certainly drinking beautifully today. Reviewed by: Jeb Dunnuck, Issue date: February 2018. Drinking window: 2018 - 2038.
RP 95

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

The 2004 Latour is perhaps evolving slower than I expected, although it remains one of the finest Left Bank wines of the vintage. It has that quintessential graphite-scented bouquet intermixed with blackberry and cedar, although the liquorice note that I observed previously has receded. Again, there is wonderful definition. The palate is full-bodied but surprisingly more sultry than I expected, especially here where I was able to directly compare it with the other 2004 First Growths. It delivers the "authority" you expect from Latour, although I might be inclined just to give it another 2-3 years in bottle. Tasted September 2016. Reviewed by: Neal Martin, Issue date: March 2017. Drinking window: 2020 - 2045.

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JD 94

Jeb Dunnuck

The 2004 Latour checks in as a blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and a splash of Cabernet Franc, all aged in new French oak. It shows the more elegant, silky style of the vintage, yet with plenty of Latour grandeur and depth in its ripe cassis, smoky mineral, graphite, and saddle leather aromas and flavors. It’s medium to full-bodied, impressively concentrated, and has serious length, as well as another two decades of longevity, although it’s certainly drinking beautifully today. Reviewed by: Jeb Dunnuck, Issue date: February 2018. Drinking window: 2018 - 2038.
RP 95

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

The 2004 Latour is perhaps evolving slower than I expected, although it remains one of the finest Left Bank wines of the vintage. It has that quintessential graphite-scented bouquet intermixed with blackberry and cedar, although the liquorice note that I observed previously has receded. Again, there is wonderful definition. The palate is full-bodied but surprisingly more sultry than I expected, especially here where I was able to directly compare it with the other 2004 First Growths. It delivers the "authority" you expect from Latour, although I might be inclined just to give it another 2-3 years in bottle. Tasted September 2016. Reviewed by: Neal Martin, Issue date: March 2017. Drinking window: 2020 - 2045.

2004 Chateau Latour, Pauillac, France

Weather Conditions
Exceptionally uneven rainfall throughout the growing cycle. Two main climate groups can be identified for 2001: the first was characterized by excessive rainfall during October, January, May and August, reaching up to 180% of the average cumulative rainfall. The second showed significant deficits in December, February, March, June and September, when the total rainfall barely exceeded 30% of the total regional average. The first flowers appeared on the Merlot on 25 May and flowering ended in mid-June in perfect conditions. Fine weather returned in September, with maximum temperatures of above 25oC for more than 20 days! The 2004 harvest period was one of the most extended in the wine's history. The merlot was harvested from 23 to 30 September, and then, from 7 to 19 October, in cold, driving rain, we harvested tight, rich, intense Cabernets of enormous complexity.


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