Chateau Latour 1er Cru 2014 - Pauillac
Aromas on this are so complex already with blackcurrants, red chilies, stones and iodine. Then it turns to blackcurrants and blueberries. Full-bodied, yet tight and compressed with an extraordinary finish and intensity. This goes on for minutes. Vibrant. A good part of the production is made with biodynamically grown grapes. Alcohol is less than 13%.
The 2014 Latour is one of the very finest wines of a vintage that favored the northern Médoc. Mingling aromas of wild berries and cassis with hints of cigar wrapper, loamy soil, black truffles and classy new oak, it’s full-bodied, rich and concentrated, its broad attack segueing into a deep, tightly wound mid-palate that’s framed by powdery, chalky tannins and bright acids, concluding with a long, mouthwatering finish. This classically balanced, youthfully structured young wine looks set to enjoy prodigious longevity. It’s reminiscent of a modern-day version of a cooler vintage such as 1996, though of course these days maturity is more complete and selection even more rigorous than was the case two decades ago.
Dense, but remarkably silky in feel, with gorgeous raspberry and blackberry fruit embedded with anise, violet and iron notes. A terrific graphite spine drives the finish. Shows great energy throughout. This is all length and cut, with just a hint of classic Bordeaux austerity. The one first-growth in 2014 that feels like it could be from a cooler vintage. Tasted non-blind.