Robert Parker 98
The 2005 Latour has long been a formidable wine. I was granted the opportunity to re-taste the 2005 at the property after their estate released library reserves in February 2017. Now at twelve years of age, it has retained that riveting bouquet of black cherries and black plum, crème de cassis and graphite, although I find less of the latter compared to previous bottles (including the one tasted blind just three weeks earlier). The palate is very well balanced with blackberry, black plum, sea salt, a hint of balsamic, quite spicy in the mouth with a hint of cloves. There is immense weight and presence in the mouth, although I wonder whether the tannins are as fine as say the 2010 or even the nascent 2016 Latour tasted alongside? Either way, it remains a fabulous First Growth destined to last many, many years. Tasted March 2017.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2065
Dark with some ruby edge. Smudgy nose. Relatively light and burnt edges. Not the most focused. Edgy. Lots of tannins but needs time. Sweeter than one would imagine and tannins softer than one would expect. Much softer than expected. Tightens up on the end.
Anticipated maturity: 2015-2035