The fruit here is still very much in the primary phase, with a decidedly racy feel to the raspberry coulis, cassis and blackberry reduction notes that are streaked with violet, iron and graphite flavors. The superlong finish alternates between a tug of sweet earth and a velvety feel, as the fruit and grip are still melding together, but there`s so much vivacity here, there`s no concern with waiting it out. The wait may be a while though. Rather stunning that this can separate itself so clearly from the rest of 2000`s high-class field.--Blind 2000 Bordeaux retrospective (December 2015). Best from 2020 through 2040.
The 2000 Latour (a relatively abundant 14,000 cases compared to what they produced in 2009, 2008, or 2005) is “packed and stacked.” The extremely rich, black/purple color to the rim is followed by a wine with some subtle smoke, loads of minerals, a hint of vanilla, and plenty of creme de cassis as well as roasted meat and a slight scorched earth character. Broad, savory, and rich, the wine seems to be about 5 years away from full maturity and should drink well for at least 40-50 more years. A great effort, probably eclipsed only by 2003 and 2009.
"You can't know great wines without knowing Latour."
- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
With production totaling around 10,000 cases per year, Latour is the smallest of its First Growth peers. Even in weaker vintages, exemplary wines are produced. The decision to not participate in en primeur was recently made by Frederic Engerer, the general director, who wishes to have more control over the path of the wines. “This is something that I wanted to do for quite a while. Generally, we're concerned by the fact that our wines are drunk too young, we believe it is our duty, especially for a long-aging wine such as Château Latour, to be more concerned of that problem. We think this new commercial rhythm is in line with a growing demand from wine amateurs to be able to acquire wines that reach a 'drinkability phase' and that have been kept in perfect conditions in our cellars.” The standard of excellence, prestige and pedigree make Latour a “must have” for collectors.
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