chateau latour premier cru classe, pauillac 2013
WINE SPECTATOR
92
ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
93

2013 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 SPECTATOR
92

Wine Spectator

This delivers a very tightly focused beam of red currant, pomegranate and bitter plum fruit flavors that streak along thanks to finely beaded acidity, showing a hint of graphite through the finish and a beguiling black tea accent. Reveals a lovely sense of precision, maintaining cut through the sneakily long finish. Best from 2017 through 2025. 5,625 cases made.

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
93

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Composed of 95.2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4.4% Merlot and 0.4% Petit Verdot, the 2013 Latour offers an open-knit, fragrant nose of licorice, sandalwood, rose petals and cigar box over a core of Black Forest cake, stewed plums, mulberries and redcurrant jelly, plus a waft of cast-iron pan. The elegantly styled, medium-bodied palate (13% alcohol) fills the mouth with intense red and black berry preserves layers, framed by evolved, soft-textured tannins and well-knit freshness, finishing long and spicy. This vintage does not have the power and backbone of an outstanding vintage of Latour, but it is aging gracefully and, still possessing a lot of discernible fruit with plenty of tertiary pizazz, is absolutely delicious to drink right now. This sweet-spot stage is likely to continue for another 5-7 years, before the wine plateaus at a maturity peak and holds for a further 15+ years.

JAMES SUCKLING
94

James Suckling

Aromas of blackberry, dark chocolate and cedar yet bright and fragrant. Full body yet tight and polished. It starts off and then slowly grows on the palate with wonderful dimension of complexity and polished tannins. Better in 2022 but already so impressive.