2018 Latour-Martillac Rouge (Pessac)

60% Cabernet Sauvignon/32% Merlot/8% Petit Verdot. Harvest dates Merlot 17-28 September, Petit Verdot 1 October, Cabernet Sauvignon 2-10 October. 16 months in oak barrels, 40% new. Where the 2016 was full and round and the 2017 fresh, the 2018 is characterised by its depth of flavour, the cassis supported by that touch of tobacco that is classic Graves. Power, balance and vitality, very elegant. (NT 10/04/19)
Pessac-Leognan, Graves, Bordeaux FRANCE
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94 points, Jane Anson, decanter.com, April 2019
17 points, Julia Harding, jancisrobinson.com, April 2019
93-95 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, robertparker.com, April 2019
91-94 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2019
92-94 points, Chris Kissack,
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2018 Latour-Martillac Rouge (Pessac)

Media Reviews

Jane Anson

This takes its time to open, eventually revealing blackberry and black cherry fruits, layered with liquorice and chocolate, followed by some touches of bitterness on the finish. Harvested 17 September to 10 October, yielding 37hl/ha. 40% new oak. 3.71pH. 94 points

Julia Harding

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot; 40% new oak. Black core. Lovely fragrance of fresh dark fruit and something like lavender. Dark-fruited but still pretty. Elegant, scented with a complex range of aromas that are dark fruit, crushed rocks, and a hint of something floral. Poised and fresh. 17 points

Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Latour Martillac bursts from the glass with bold cassis, chocolate-covered cherries and plum preserves scents followed up by smoked meats, violets and aniseed hints plus a waft of Provence herbs. Full-bodied, firm and fine-grained in the mouth, the palate is laden with juicy fruit and savory layers, finishing long and fragrant. 93-95 points

Antonio Galloni

The 2018 Latour-Martillac is powerful, dense and explosive, with tremendous richness and energy that drive through to the palate staining finish. Abnormally low yields produced an unusually sumptuous, rich Latour-Martillac. Black cherry, chocolate, spice, gravel and incense build as this arrestingly beautiful wine shows off its racy, curvy personality. The blend is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 8% Petit Verdot. Tasted three times. 91-94 points

Chris Kissack

A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 8% Petit Verdot. The yields were 50 hl/ha in red, and the alcohol here is 14.7%. This has very bright black cherry fruit on the nose, with a fine sense of freshness too. The palate shows a very sinewy substance, cool and tightly restrained, but with an admirable poise through the middle of the palate. It feels full and broad, with tightly grained velvety tannins, peppery and energetic through to the finish. It has cherry stone, minerally an d toasted notes, which all sit well within the sinewy, reserved and fresh substance of the wine. Lots of grippy tannin at the finish, but the overall style is refined. This has very good potential indeed. The élevage will be in 40% new oak. Tasted twice. 92-94 points

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