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Bordeaux 2008: Latour released

In a move clearly designed to kickstart the Bordeaux 2008 en primeur campaign, Château Latour has been released this morning. The great news is the rumours were largely true – the price is extremely reasonable, being considerably less than the current market value of equivalent vintages such as 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2006.

Château Latour 2008 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classé 6 x 75cl, £795

94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 0.5% Petit Verdot, 0.5% Cabernet Franc. That very high proportion of Cabernet demonstrates just how successful Cabernet was on this famous terroir, and also how selective Latour have been this year – only 40% of their production has made it into the grand vin. The resulting wine is closed and brooding at this stage, with a nose of cassis, berries, spice and cedar. There’s great depth and class on the palate, with pronounced but extremely fine tannins. With lots of structure and body, this is definitely a classic Latour for the long haul, and should cellar into the 2030s.
Majestic: 18.0, Suckling: 91-94, Steven Spurrier 19.5

Customers should read our vintage report, and be familiar with the timetable for Bordeaux 2008 before purchasing. En Primeur wines are priced for in-bond delivery and do not include duty, VAT and handling.