Tasting Notes Latour 2017
This is very dense and tight with a super center palate of dark fruit with blackberries and currants. Full-bodied, so precise and focused. Great length and depth. Superb. Classic great Bordeaux. Wow. Pure cabernet sauvignon.
The 2017 Latour is very deep purple-black in color and sings of crème de cassis, warm plums, blackberry pie and cinnamon stick with hints of sandalwood, violets, star anise, baker’s chocolate and a touch of beef drippings. Medium-bodied, firm, grainy and very structured with taut, sustained mid-palate fruit, it gives loads of black fruit and spice layers and a very long, mineral-tinged finish.
The 2017 Latour is bright and bursting with energy, with tremendous aromatic presence that is a leitmotiv of both the vintage and the three wines at Latour this year. In 2017, the Grand Vin is especially focused in both feel and style. Beams of salinity give the 2017 a striking backbone of structure. The 2017 reminds me of the 2014, but with a bit more mid-palate pliancy. Put it more simply, the 2017 is just superb.
The 2017 Latour has a backward bouquet compared to the Les Forts de Latour, very well defined but it needs coaxing from the glass. Eventually it clicks into fifth gear, offering subtle iris and wild hedgerow aromas, just a touch of mint developing with time. The palate is medium-bodied with firm but fine tannin that provides this Grand Vin with real backbone, also a sense of symmetry. It might not possess the flair or quite the enthralling precision of the 2016, but it is a quintessential Latour in many ways with a very long persistence on the finish.
The tentative blend for the 2017 Château Pauillac is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it gives up red and black plums, black berries and underbrush scents with a touch of rose hips. The palate is medium-bodied and refreshing with soft tannins, juicy fruit and a perfumed finish.