Latour 2003

Cult Wines Price: £582.00 / 1x75cl
Chateau Latour, Latour, 2003

Tasting Notes Latour 2003

100

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.

Robert Parker Jr
Wine Advocate #164 April 2006
99

Fascinating nose of fresh flowers, currants, and sandalwood. Full bodied, with a seamless core of fruit that goes on and on. Love the polished tannins and the beauty here. A powerful and rich wine with so much class and finesse for such a hot vintage. Pull the cork after 2016.

James Suckling
jamessuckling.com, March 14th 2011
97

Tasted at Bordeaux Index's "10-Year On" tasting in London. The Chateau Latour 2003 has to be one of the best wines of the vintage. There is a sense of grandeur on the nose, one of those rare Latour vintages that is so sensual and extraordinarily pure. There are subtle graphite notes, cedar and brambly black fruit that are supremely well defined. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins, perfectly judged acidity and a beautifully composed, focused finish. It has lost its voluptuousness in recent years and is being "honed down" by the passing years into a wine that whilst not matching the 1959, is certainly inspired by it. Tasted March 2013.

Neal Martin
Wine Journal May 2013

Latour Pricing

Wine Vintage Producer Market price Unit size
Latour 2017 Chateau Latour POA 12x75cl
Latour 2016 Chateau Latour POA 12x75cl
Latour 2015 Chateau Latour POA 12x75cl
Latour 2014 Chateau Latour POA 12x75cl
Latour 2013 Chateau Latour POA 12x75cl
Latour 2012 Chateau Latour POA 12x75cl
Latour 2011 Chateau Latour £4,480.00 12x75cl
Latour 2010 Chateau Latour £11,152.00 12x75cl
Latour 2009 Chateau Latour £10,290.00 12x75cl
Latour 2009 Chateau Latour £5,100.00 6x75cl
Latour 2008 Chateau Latour £4,698.00 12x75cl
Latour 2007 Chateau Latour £4,650.00 12x75cl
Latour 2006 Chateau Latour £4,600.00 12x75cl
Latour 2005 Chateau Latour £7,250.00 12x75cl
Latour 2005 Chateau Latour £3,544.00 6x75cl
Latour 2004 Chateau Latour £4,900.00 12x75cl
Latour 2003 Chateau Latour £7,600.00 12x75cl
Latour 2003 Chateau Latour £582.00 1x75cl
Latour 2002 Chateau Latour £5,035.00 12x75cl
Latour 2001 Chateau Latour £4,919.00 12x75cl
Latour 2000 Chateau Latour £8,500.00 12x75cl
Latour 1999 Chateau Latour £4,917.00 12x75cl
Latour 1998 Chateau Latour £5,076.00 12x75cl
Latour 1997 Chateau Latour £4,865.00 12x75cl
Latour 1996 Chateau Latour £5,600.00 12x75cl
Latour 1995 Chateau Latour £5,200.00 12x75cl
Latour 1990 Chateau Latour £7,774.00 12x75cl
Latour 1989 Chateau Latour £4,865.00 12x75cl
Latour 1986 Chateau Latour £4,950.00 12x75cl
Latour 1982 Chateau Latour £23,000.00 12x75cl