2005 Latour- 1.5L
Wine Critic Reviews:
Sokolin 2005 Latour Tasting Notes:
These bottles are incredibly hard to put down once uncorked, so make sure you have enough in stock to satisfy everyone! The tannins are warm and welcoming, like a lit fireplace in a cozy countryside abode. Everything comes together perfectly, like a complicated puzzle that takes years to complete, and creates a sense of peace and harmony that follows you long after the finish. Experience classic Latour with this wonderful vintage.
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|Country||France: Words fail us when trying to adequately portray France's place in the world of wine. It's downright impossible to imagine what wine would feel and taste like had it not been for France's many, many viticultural pioneers. Fine wine is the blood of France's vigorously beating heart, and it finds itself in many aspects of French culture. With a viticultural history that dates all the way back to the 6th century BC, France now enjoys its position as the most famous and reputable wine region on the planet. If you have a burning passion for masterfully crafted, mouth-watering, mind-expanding wines, then regular visits to France are probably already in your schedule, and for a good reason.|
|Producer||Latour: The Chateau Latour earned a prestigious First Growth spot in the Bordeaux 1855 Classification, and its track record is jaw-dropping for even the most distinguished wine connoisseurs. The vineyards themselves are reminiscent of gorgeous and complex garden mazes from tales of fantasy, with a distribution of 76% Cabernet Sauvigno, 22% Merlot, and 2% Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. This combination comes together perfectly when grounded with an earthy undertone and punctuated with succulent cherries, lush mint, bold spice or a delicate yet sharp tobacco flavor. These bottles are the ideal partner to a robust evening cigar, as the worries of your life fade into the smoke, and the orchestral perfume of flavors sings to you like a muse, inspiring you towards new triumphs and achievements.|
|Region||Bordeaux: Even among the greatest and most reputable wine regions on the planet, Bordeaux stands above the rest. The winemakers of this region have a single-minded dedication to the fine art of viticulture and their efforts never fail to show. If you consider yourself a fine wine enthusiast, you owe it to yourself to visit Bordeaux - life changing. Whether you wish to drink some inspirational and gripping wine as soon as possible, or you want to add some masterpieces to your collection, no region on Earth is a more obvious choice. The noble and beautiful Garonne and Dordogne rivers surge through southwestern France, enriching the soil in a way very few other places can boast. The limestone-based earth is rich in calcium, and the almost oceanic climate conditions give the staple Bordeaux grape varietals vigor and flavor like nowhere else. For their illustrious reds, Bordeaux winemakers rely on a proven combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Meanwhile, a sip of their excellent white wine hints at the use of Semillon, Muscadelle and Sauvignon Blanc.Each of these varietals carries a unique identity, making every quality wine a character piece to rival Citizen Kane. It can be incredibly hard to choose only a few wines to collect for your cellar!|
|Type of Wine||Bordeaux Red: Picture in your mind a combination of cedar, lead pencil, blackcurrant, plum and mineral aromatics, and texture that caresses your palate like a playful lover. The experience is thrilling from the first whiff to the final seconds of a tannic, generous finish - that is what you'll get from a Bordeaux Red|
|Varietal||Bordeaux Blend: Since its birth in France, the art of Bordeaux-inspired blends has been brought to regions like California, and Washington, where New World visionaries add their own unique spin to the formula, creating mouth-watering tributes to Bordeaux's viticultural greatness. Today, with a compelling cultural mixture, sampling Bordeaux blends is more excited than ever.|
isn't their finest vintageSome people praise the 2005 vintage as one of Latour's recent masterpieces, but I'm not fully convinced. Sure, on the nose, it's a killer, with lush red fruit and a whole bouquet of beautiful flowers, but something about the structure feels a tad bit off. Don't get me wrong - the wine is still great, exceptional even - but it isn't their finest vintage, at least in my opinion. I keep being reminded of the 2000 vintage, but I suppose not every year can be that good.<br/>Still, it's an approachable and generally lovely wine. My issue with it is probably one of personal preference.
It's a strong, potent wine, with powerful tannic influence and almost impossible ripeness of fruit.Before making the purchase, my wife and I checked the ratings from various sources online, and this vintage was highly recommended. Now, after drinking two bottles, we understand why. The wine is an absolute stunner from beginning to end, and a perfect way to unwind after a long workweek. It's a strong, potent wine, with powerful tannic influence and almost impossible ripeness of fruit.<br/>While it's perfectly fine today, I can't help but imagine its potency and brilliance in a decade or so. If you have the patience, I highly recommend cellaring a couple of these beauties. We certainly will!