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2010 Latour

Colour: Red
Vintage: 2010
Appellation: Pauillac
100 (WA)
One of the original 1st Growths in 1855, Latour's reputation for making consistently outstanding wine continues to this day. The consistency of its wines can, to an extent, be attributed to the fact that, since 1670, the estate has only ever had 3 owners. Originally acquired by the Segur family, Latour remained in the hands of their heirs until 1963 when the estate came under British ownership with acclaimed wine writers Hugh Johnson and Harry Waugh serving as advisors. Since 1993, the estate has been under the ownership of Francois Pinault, a lifelong fan of the wines of Latour who, since taking charge, has overseen a string of incredible vintages. Since Pinault took the helm, Latour has been characterised by extraordinary levels of concentration, richness, and structure. Most significantly, following the 2011 vintage Latour opted out of the traditional En Primeur system with the intention of cellaring their wines themselves and only releasing each vintage as and when they believe it is ready. Hence the reason you will find fewer recent vintages of Latour offered than the other leading Bordeaux properties.

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2010 Latour

100 (WA)
£12,300 6 pack case(s) available

2010 Latour

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Region: Red Bordeaux
100 (WA)
BTL
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Case (6 x 75cl)
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2010 Latour

100 (WA)
£12,300 6 pack case(s) available

2010 Latour

Size
Cs (12)
Cs (6)
Cs (3)
Loose
Price
Per
Region: Red Bordeaux
100 (WA)
BTL
0
1
0
0
£6,150
6
LiveTrade
On LiveTrade wines, as well as a selling price, we continuously quote a firm price at which we will buy the wine. These buying prices are displayed when you select the "In Bond" tab. Provided your wine is in excellent condition and stored professionally under bond, you can sell to us instantly. For even more trading options try the LiveTrade Dashboard.
CONDITION
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Case (12 x 75cl)
CONDITION
Original Wooden Case
STATUS
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£11,300.00
Maximum 2 case(s)
Case (6 x 75cl)
CONDITION
Original Wooden Case
STATUS
In-Bond
ETA
8-12wk
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£5,650.00
Maximum 4 case(s)
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£6,150.00
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Tasting Notes and Scores

100

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++. LPB

One of the perfect wines of the vintage, Frederic Engerer challenged me when I tasted the 2010 Latour at the estate, asking, “If you rate the 2009 one hundred, then how can this not be higher?” Well, the scoring system stops at 100, (and has for 34 years,) and will continue for as long as I continue to write about wine. Nevertheless, this blend of 90.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9.5% Merlot, and .5% Petit Verdot hit 14.4% natural alcohol and represents a tiny 36% of their entire production. The pH is about 3.6, which is normal compared to the 3.8 pH of the 2009, that wine being slightly lower in alcohol, hence the combination that makes it more flamboyant and accessible. The 2010 is a liquid skyscraper in the mouth, building layers upon layers of extravagant, if not over-the-top richness with its hints of subtle charcoal, truffle, blackberry, cassis, espresso and notes of toast and graphite. Full-bodied, with wonderfully sweet tannin, it is a mind-boggling, prodigious achievement that should hit its prime in about 15 years, and last for 50 to 100. Drink: 2028 - 2078.

Robert Parker (Wine Advocate #205, Feb 2013)

98+

Neal Martin

The Latour 2010 has a very precise bouquet with outstanding mineralite and tension - a regal bouquet that just soars from the glass, subtle notes of limestone and cedar loitering in the background. It just explodes with aeration in the glass, dialling everything up to "11". The palate is medium-bodied with ripe and bold tannins that support layer up layer of black fruit. There is a lovely spicy edge here and huge volume and penetration towards the finish. Outstanding. Not a perfect score here...but its 20-years too early anyway. Tasted January 2014.

– eRobertParker.com, Mar 2014

100

Michael Schuster

1st Growth Pauillac (36% harvest, 14.4%) [90.5CS/8.5M] A dense nose of mineral, graphite, gravel and fine fruit; a perfect balance that is full, refined, concentrated and fresh (without any impression of crispness), and with tannins so fine they barely register, such is the absence of asperity; a seductive ripeness of fruit that is deep, fresh, pure and transparent, with great subtlety and minerality of aroma, a mouthcoating fruit fragrance and terrific mineral scented length. This is a Latour of power, grace and delicacy with superb tenacity of flavour; remarkable claret, great wine. 2026-60+ [M.Schuster, Bordeaux Mar/Apr 2011]

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.

– James Molesworth (WineSpectator.com, March 2013)

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.

– jamessuckling.com, November 2013

988

Wine Lister

Quality 991 | Brand 998 | Economics 962 | buzz brand
Quality: Predicted life of 20 years, one of the longest drinking windows in its peer group for the 2010 vintage, which averages 13 years Brand: Strong restaurant presence, featuring on 52 of the world's top wine lists, including Napa Wine Bar & Kitchen Economics: #2 most active wine at auction, its top 5 vintages having seen 4,896 75cl equivalent bottles traded in the past year Production: Lower production than its peer group average of 151,058 bottles

- www.wine-lister.com June 2017

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