chateau latour premier cru classe, pauillac 2010
WINE ENTHUSIAST
99
ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
100

2010 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

WINE ENTHUSIAST
99

Wine Enthusiast

Stern, almost severe initially, this great wine takes time to show its immense fruit power. Black currant and blackberry notes are packed into the wine, along with an impressive array of spices from new wood that gives a more exotic element. At the end, though, it has a fine, structured sense of proportion. Obviously for aging over decades, so don't drink before 2022.

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
100

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2010 Latour is deep garnet in color, and—WOW—it erupts from the glass with powerful crème de cassis, Black Forest cake and blackberry pie scents plus intense sparks of dried roses, cigar boxes, fragrant earth and smoked meats with aniseed and crushed rocks wafts. Full-bodied, concentrated and oh-so-decadent in the mouth, it has a firm, grainy texture and lovely freshness carrying the rich, opulent fruit to an epically long finish. It is incredibly tempting to drink now, but I suspect this hedonic experience isn't a scratch on the mind-blowing, otherworldly secrets this time capsule will have to reveal given another 7-10 years in bottle and continuing over the following fifty years++.

JAMES SUCKLING
100

James Suckling

The aromas of flowers such as roses, violets and lilacs jump from the glass then turn to dark berries such as blueberries and blackberries. It's full-bodied, with velvety tannins and dense and intense with a chocolate, berry and currant character. This is juicy and rich with wood still showing a bit, but it's all coming together wonderfully. Muscular yet toned. Another perfect wine like the 2010. Try in 2022.

WINE SPECTATOR
99

Wine Spectator

Unbelievably pure, with distilled cassis and plum fruit that cuts a very precise path, while embers of anise, violet and black cherry confiture form a gorgeous backdrop. A bedrock of graphite structure should help this outlive other 2010s. Powerful, sleek and incredibly long. Not perfect, but very close. Best from 2020 through 2050.