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New Release: The Double 98-Point 2017 Latour, A Fantastic Wine & A Great Buy

We are delighted to offer the eagerly-awaited new release from Chateau Latour, the double 98-point scoring 2017 vintage. The 2017 is a great wine from this famous First Growth and is very sharply priced against the comparable-scored 2015 vintage, making it a very tempting buy. 

Scores and notes from the critics are excellent. Lisa Perrotti-Brown said in her report that “2017 is all about finesse and aromatic intensity as opposed to brute power, revealing an unmistakable face of Latour that lovers of more classical Bordeaux styles will not want to miss” calls it “beautiful”. Jane Anson found it A seriously pretty Latour… with real lyricism. Beautifully layered, with muscles that have a cushion of air underneath them”Each of them awards it a stellar 98 points.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown’s score is interesting as, for her, this matches another excellent but slightly more mature vintage, the 2015. As the table above shows, the 2017 shows a not insignificant price advantage, making it one for shrewd buyers to pick up as close to release as possible.

Since leaving the en primeur system in favour of releasing wines with a little maturity, demand has been strong. This 2017 will be no exception to the rule as it ticks all of the boxes in terms of quality and price. Do take a look and let me know if you would like any.

2017 Chateau Latour
£2,420 per case (6*75cl OWC) in bond
£1,210 per case (3*75cl OWC) in bond
98 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown
A blend of 92.1% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7.8% Merlot, and 0.1% Petit Verdot, the 2017 Latour has a deep garnet-purple color. It sashays out with showy notes of warm cassis, mulberries, and Morello cherries, followed by emerging tertiary hints of unsmoked cigars, rose oil, cardamom, and star anise, with a waft of iron ore. The medium-bodied palate is elegantly styled and mineral-laced, featuring loads of exotic sparks and velvety tannins, finishing on a lingering anise note. Beautiful! While it’s in a nice place right now, another 2 to 4 years in bottle should allow for even more of this gorgeous, emerging perfume. It will easily cellar for another 30 years beyond that. (2024) Drink 2026-2060
98 points Jane Anson
A seriously pretty Latour, not a phrase often associated with this most concentrated of wines, with real lyricism. Beautifully layered, with muscles that have a cushion of air underneath them. As during En Primeur, its sculpted character highlights the impact of biodynamic farming, but bottle ageing has seen it take on the customary concentrated layers of this Pauillac First Growth. The signature pencil lead, crayon, mint leaf and crushed rocks are here in abundance, along with cassis and bilberry fruit, kissed with rosebud and peony florality, and textured slate tannins that slow things down through the mid palate. A delicious wine, vibrant, balanced, decades ahead of it, even if the soft sculpting of the vintage means it will be ready to drink earlier than 2016 or 2018 on either side. First year in full organics, although not certified until 2019, and the first without Cabernet Franc in the blend. 100% new oak. No frost on the Grand Vin plots, in a year where many parts of Bordeaux were impacted, proof again of what a favoured site this is. (2024)
Offered subject to final confirmation. Available later in 2024. Offer expires 1st April 2024.

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