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Chateau Latour Martillac Pessac-Leognan 2016


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Producer Chateau Latour Martillac
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Subregion Pessac-Leognan
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Vintage 2016
Sku 40000065214
Size 750ml

Decanter: 95 Points

(1/31/2022) "The estate takes its name from the remnant of a 12th-century fort in the main courtyard. Grapes for the red wines are rigorously sorted before fermentation in stainless steel. The 2016 blends 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 8% Petit Verdot, aged for 16 months in French oak barrels, 40% new, produced under the direction of Loic Kressmann and winemaker Valerie Vialard. Wonderfully intense notes of black cherry, plum and blackberry leap from the glass, vibrant yet has a balance of cool menthol. Plush palate with soft, generous ripeness and perfectly integrated oak adding complex smoked cedar, leather, clove and cinnamon. Full, opulent and open with richness and generosity across its fine-grained texture and vibrant freshness. Drinking Window 2022 - 2040."

James Suckling: 94 Points

(1/20/2019) "This is very perfumed with blackberry and blueberry aromas, but shows a hot-stone and blanched-almond undertone. Medium-to full-bodied with tight and silky tannins that are extremely polished and beautiful. Love the length and balance to this. Try after 2022."

Vinous, Neal Martin: 93 Points

(1/2019) "The 2016 Latour-Martillac offers classic Pessac-Leognan scents on the nose: black fruit, black olive and a touch of sage, plus hints of blue fruit that emerge with time. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit and fine acidity. A little compact toward the finish, but with good persistence. My feeling is that this will close down quite soon after bottling, but there is a great wine here. Drinking Window: 2025 - 2045."

Wine Advocate: 93 Points

(11/30/2018) "The 2016 Latour Martillac is medium to deep garnet-purple in color with warm plums, kirsch and redcurrant jelly on the nose with touches of bay leaves, iron ore and black soil. Medium-bodied with a well-sustained mid-palate of muscular fruit, it has a firm backbone of fine-grained tannins and wonderful freshness, finishing very long. Drink Date: 2020 - 2037."

Wine Enthusiast: 93 Points

(5/1/2019) "A structured wine backed by plenty of black-currant fruits, this is initially austere. Its richness needs time to develop and turn into the classically structured wine that this estate does so well. Drink from 2025."

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