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  • 19.5/20 points - Decanter
  • "Austere but stylish. Serious."
  • This may well be the best 2003 red Bordeaux money can buy.

Tasting Notes

Colour Dark Red
Nose "Nose mainly toasty oak but quite complex, with brooding dark fruit evident underneath." - Decanter
Palate he 2003 Latour shows a classic Bordeaux nose of cassis, cigar tobacco, earth, pen ink and graphite. The same flavors are repeated on the palate which is where the wine really shows it's class. Absolutely weightless yet incredibly concentrated. The finish stays with you for close to two minutes.
Food Pairing Game
Cellaring 5-10 Years
Notes This wine is resolved, yet fresh and ready. Soft for a Latour, it shows earth, tobacco leaf, liquid pencil,red fruit and a certain youthful creaminess from less acidity than usual. This 03 has that glossy, slinky, liquid mercury behavior in the glass. Reads much thicker than it tastes. This is a beauty that is ready to go! Drink or hold
Variety Cabernet Blend
Body Medium - Full Bodied
Oak Type French Oak
Vintage 2003
Region Pauillac
Country France
Sustainability None
Alcohol 13.5%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Cork
Wine writer Hugh Johnson once said 'If one had to single out one commune of Bordeaux to head the list, there would be no argument. It would be Pauillac'. Wines from Pauillac are known to be the quintessence of Bordeaux wines. Located on the left bank of Gironde, situated between Saint-Julien and Saint-Estephe, the village of Pauillac is the largest in the Médoc with a population of over 5,000. Spanning an area of 1,200 hectares, the grapes grown in the vineyards of this area are mainly Cabernet Sauvignon, but also includes blends of other grape types such as Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

The terroir of Pauillac differs more than that would be expected of such a relatively small area when compared to the other surrounding wine regions. Because of this, the winemakers of Pauillac have become very experienced in accentuating each of their own unique flavours in a bottle. The overall feel of the region is known to have a stark, blunt style with a dominating fruit flavour of black currant, along with hints of cedar-wood aromas.
Jeannie Cho Lee MW
Frederic Engerer says 2003 is Latour in a mini skirt. Very accessible now with beautiful roasted herbs, spices and sweet plum. Layered, round and very long.


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