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Inky-dark. Rich, dense fruit and a light dusting of cedar and licorice oak. On the palate, combines berry fruit richness with a savory character.
Still very tight and structured, but with good length.
89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and a splash of Cabernet Franc
All aged in new French oak.
The 2004 vintage saw the return of a very classic wine with a powerful, fresh, lively style, and a solid, precise structure.
Very concentrated fruit is supported by an imposing structure, and already showing great purity and a rare level of energy.
The finish is long and very silky, supported by very well-integrated tannins.
97 Points, Wine Enthusiast
There are tannins, structure and power, but also supreme elegance. The 2004 acidity comes through in the sweet cassis flavors, supported at the back by dry tannins. Currently, the wine is closed up, losing some of its fresh fruit, but this is a moment in its slow evolution towards a classic Latour.
95 Points, Wine Spectator
Captivating aromas of currant, black licorice and spices, with just a hint of sweet tobacco. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a long, long finish. Structured and racy.
95 Points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A terrific effort from Administrator Frederic Engerer and owner Francois Pinault, the dark ruby/purple-tinged 2004 Latour exhibits a strong cassis character intermixed with notes of crushed rocks, earth, cedar, and forest floor. Racy, elegant, but powerful with medium to full body, and sweet tannin, it will benefit from 5-7 years of cellaring, and should keep for three decades. It is a very impressive offering.
94 Points, Wine & Spirits
The modern Latour has a vast architectural presence. The edges of ferrous power here are tamed on a supple texture, though the choice seems to have been to trade some freshness for that textural grace. The tannins have the potent austerity that grows out of Latour's deep hill of stones. Closed off for now, the fruit aspect of the wine will not likely show for more than a decade, and the wine will likely need 20 years to reach maturity.
94 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
The 2004 Latour checks in as a blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and a splash of Cabernet Franc, all aged in new French oak. It shows the more elegant, silky style of the vintage, yet with plenty of Latour grandeur and depth in its ripe cassis, smoky mineral, graphite, and saddle leather aromas and flavors. It’s medium to full-bodied, impressively concentrated, and has serious length, as well as another two decades of longevity, although it’s certainly drinking beautifully today.
93 Points, James Suckling
This is surprisingly approachable, especially from a big bottle. It’s soft and fruity with balsamic and sweet tobacco character. Full and round mouthfeel. It will obviously improve with age, but why wait? Served from imperial bottle.