An unmissable purchase for wine lovers and collectors, Chateau Latour 2011 is hailed as “a wine that stands out from many in the vintage” by Jane Anson, with Rober Parker calling it “one of the vinrtage’s most compelling wines.” On top of claiming that “If you love Latour, you will love the 2011”, Neal Martin scored Latour 2011 95 points in his 2021 Ten Years On Tasting, outranking every other 2011 First Growth, including Petrus and Le Pin from the Right Bank.
Latour 2011 was the estate’s last vintage offered via the traditional En Primeur system in 2012. Since then, the Château has been drip-feeding the market with releases from its cellar, allowing it to become the rarest of the First Growths. The successor to two of the greatest modern vintages in Bordeaux, the 2011 vintage has often flown under the radar, but today, Latour 2011 is entering its peak drinking window and is poised to deliver immense drinking pleasure, while continuing to age and mature for years to come.
Tasting Note: Château Latour 2011 is a medium to full-bodied wine that exudes notes of blackberry, bilberry, cedar and hoisin that opens and travels through the palate. Rose petals on the edge give this wine a beautiful uplift along with a classic trace of mint. It has an open-knit personality with ripe velvety tannins, excellent intensity, good purity and harmony. There is a strong backbone to this wine, plenty of freshness and powerful towards the finish with superb persistence.
Source: 200, The Wine Advocate; Issue Date: 26th Apr 2012, (RP-93-95)
A blend of 84.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 0.5% Petit Verdot, the 2011 Latour represents only 34% of the crop. It hit 13.1% natural alcohol. One of the vintage’s most compelling wines, it possesses a dense ruby/purple color as well as a sweet, open-knit personality with ripe tannin, superb intensity, good purity and harmony, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, and lots of crushed rock, floral and black as well as blue fruit notes in addition to hints of ink and forest floor. This beautifully rich, savory Latour will be surprisingly drinkable in 4-5 years, and should age easily for two decades or more.
By the way, Latour harvested relatively late for the Medoc, beginning the harvest on September 12 and finishing on September 26.
Drink Date: 2016 – 2030