chateau latour premier cru classe, pauillac 2006
ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
95

2006 chateau latour premier cru classe, pauillac

Why We're Buying

Château Latour is hard to get. While only producing 10,000 to 12,000 cases per year doesn't help, the average bottle retails upwards of $1,000. That's par for the course, though, when a first-growth estate produces one of the most iconic cabernet sauvignon blends of all time.

Critics Scores

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
95

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2006 Latour performed even better from bottle than from barrel. Only 38% of the production (10,000 cases) made it into the grand vin, a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest primarily Merlot and a small amount of Cabernet Franc. From barrel, I thought it was a modern day version of the 1996 or 1986, and certainly the 1996 comparison still holds. I thought it was somewhat austere from barrel, but that is no longer an issue. This is a beautifully rich Chateau Latour boasting a dense ruby/purple color, a sweet, smoky, charcoal, cassis, graphite, and forest floor-scented nose, full body, an attractive freshness, and sweet, noble tannins. This layered Latour is one of the vintage-s top dozen or so wines. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2030.