Chateau Latour Pauillac Premier Cru – 2002

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Chateau Latour




Bordeaux Red Blend




Chateau Latour


Chateau Latour






Premier Cru

Cuvee Bottling


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Tasting notes

Robert Parker
Tasted: 01/04/2005
Drink: 2012-2045

The wine of the vintage? There are only 10,000 cases of this extraordinarily rich, dense 2002 that is as powerful as the 2003 (even the alcohol levels are nearly the same, 12.85%) . It is dark ruby/purple to the rim, with notes of English walnuts, crushed rocks, black currants, and forest floor, dense, full-bodied, and opulent, yet classic with spectacular aromatics, marvelous...

...purity, and a full-bodied finish that lasts just over 50+ seconds. Huge richness and the sweetness of the tannin are somewhat deceptive as this wine seems set for a long life. Administrator Frederic Engerer seems to be more pleased with what Latour achieved in 2002 than in any other recent vintage. Hats off to him for an extraordinary accomplishment in a vintage that wouldn't have been expected to produce the raw materials to achieve something at this level of quality. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2045.

Tasted: 05/01/2005
Author: Stephen Tanzer

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Robert Parker
Tasted: 01/10/2003
Drink: 2015-2050

No guts, no glory? If I had to choose today, this would be my pick for the wine of the vintage. It is a colossal, remarkably concentrated, highly extracted, formidably endowed Latour as well as a potential legend in the making. Circa 2003, it will be interesting to see how such recent great Latours as the 2000 and 1996 stand up against the 2002, which will probably never have...

...the "acclaim" of those two vintages. Latour's administrator, the meticulous Frederic Engerer, told me that yields were a measly 23-24 hectoliters per hectare, and the final blend was 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, and dollops of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The pH is remarkably high (3.87), and the natural alcohol (no chaptalization) is over 13%, so this is a surprisingly powerful offering. It demonstrates that those who picked late benefited from the Indian summer. About 51% of the production made it into the grand vin. So what's it taste like? This is a behemoth that is also extraordinarily pure and elegant. Opaque purple to the rim, it boasts a strikingly intense liquid minerality, creme de cassis, and licorice-scented nose. The wine's incredible purity, fascinating texture, full-bodied power, and massive display of fruit, extract, and harmony suggest a monumental Latour that will require a considerable amount of time to become drinkable. I do not believe it is as backward as the 2002 Mouton, but certainly it is far less accessible than the 2002 Lafite. The brilliant 2002 Latour is a tour de force from a great estate that has hit all cylinders, producing a surprisingly profound wine in an irregular vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2050+
Tasted: 04/11/2012
Drink: 2014-2024

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Area under vines: 47 hectares
Soils: clayey gravel, gravelly sand, marly clay
Average of the Vineyards : 50 years
Planting density: 10 000 vines/ha
Production: around 320,000 bottles a year
Ageing: around 2 years in 100% new barrels

Grape varieties:

  • Cabernet Sauvignon 75%
  • Merlot 20%
  • Cabernet Franc 2,5%
  • Petit Verdot 2,5%

The Chateau makes two other wines:

  • Les Forts de Latour :
    • Cabernet Sauvignon : 70%
    • Merlot : 30%

  • Le Pauillac de Chateau Latour

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Chateau Latour


Chateau Latour, Pauillac, Gironde, France


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Chateau Latour, Pauillac, Gironde, France
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