Chateau Latour 2003

Review of the Estate

Established in the 1670s, the vineyards of Château Latour are some of the oldest in the Médoc, pre-dating the existing Château (which was built between 1862 and 1864) by almost 200 years.

The grandiose Tower of St Lambert depicted on the wine’s label is instantly recognisable. Built as a fortress during the Hundred Years’ War in the late 1300s, it was burned to the ground in the 1450s and replaced by a pigeon tower, built from the stones of the former Château, between 1620 and 1630.

It was not until the early 18th century that Chateau Latour came to prominence as a producer of first class wines. This success can largely be attributed to the demands of a budding wine market in Northern Europe and the Marquis de Ségur’s concurrent investment in Chateau Latour's vineyard and winery. Ownership remained in the de Ségur family for almost 300 years until 1963 when three quarters of the shares in Château Latour were sold to a British company, the Pearson group.

The intensive modernisation and attention to detail that followed this change in ownership has continued with the management of Francois Pinault, the current owner of Chateau Latour, who acquired the estate in 1993. Together Pinault and Frédéric Engerer, his estate manager, are renowned for producing exemplary yet consistent wines, which are especially fine, even in weaker vintages. This notable finesse, as any discerning consumer will attest, is an exceptional and rare occurrence.

 

Vineyard

Surface area: 160.5 acres

Grape Varieties: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot

Average age of vines: 40 years

Density of plantation: 10,00 vines per hectare

Average yields: 45 hectoliters per hectare

Average cases produced: 14,500 per year

Plateau of maturity: 15 - 50 years


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Robert Parker Latour 2003 Review

Score: 100 Points

There are only 10,800 cases (rather than the normal 15,000-20,000) of the 2003 Latour, a blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, and 1% Petit Verdot (13.3% finished alcohol). A prodigious effort, it boasts a saturated purple color as well as a gorgeous perfume of smoke, cedar, creme de cassis, flowers, crushed rocks, and blackberries. Massive and multi-layered, with huge richness and low acidity, it is about as unctuous as a young Latour can be. It could be compared to the 1982, but it may be even more pure, at least at this early stage, than that monumental wine. The level of intensity builds prodigiously in the mouth, and the finish lasts nearly a minute. Disarmingly accessible (although analytically the tannin level is high), I suspect it will ultimately shut down, but it was performing impeccably when I tasted it. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2040+. What can one say about proprietor Francois Pinault and his manager, Frederic Engerer? A strong argument can be made that in 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004, Latour produced the wine of the vintage, although it has plenty of competition in the Northern Medoc in 2003. Moreover, the bargains are the estate’s least expensive cuvee, Pauillac, followed by Les Forts de Latour, Latour’s second wine which continues to increase in quality.

Score: 100

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (164), April 2006

 

Chateau Latour 2003 Recent Price History

Prices below are sourced from wine-searcher.com 

WineVintageJuly 2008 
Value Per Case
July 2013 
Value Per Case
Value Increase Percentage 
Increase
Latour 2003 £8,556 £9,684 £1,128 13.18%

Chateau Latour Wine List

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