Château Latour-Martillac Rouge 2018 - A.O.C Pessac-Léognan
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Experts Reviews

93+/100
Score dans le Guide Parker
Robert Parker
95/100
Score de Wine Enthusiast
Wine Enthusiast
93/100
Score de Wine Spectator
Wine Spectator
14.5/20
Score du Figaro
Le Figaro Vin
93-94/100
Score de James Suckling
James Suckling
91-94/
Score de vinous
Vinous
93/
Score de The Wine Insider
Jeff Leve

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2018 Latour Martillac comes barreling out of the glass with bold notes of baked blackberries, plum preserves and redcurrant jelly, plus suggestions of garrigue, pencil shavings and menthol with a waft of tree bark. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a sturdy frame of firm, grainy tannins and just enough freshness to support the generous fruit, finishing long and earthy.
93+
points on 100
Owned by the Kressmann family, this estate has released an ageworthy wine. Rich tannins are balanced by dark, juicy blackberry fruits and dense, concentrated tannins. The wine needs to age, so drink from 2026.
95
points on 100
Sleek, with mesquite-infused cassis laced with an additional iron and sanguine thread. Finish picks up light savory and tobacco details. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2032.
93
points on 100
The blackberry and wet-earth character with some bark undertones, comes through clearly here. Medium-to full-bodied. Savory finish.
93-94
points on 100
Le nez est encore fermé et le vin devra attendre plusieurs années avant d'être dégusté à son plein potentiel. Malgré tout, on remarque sa qualité par un milieu de bouche charnu, une densité chocolatée et longueur, densité chocolatée
14.5
points on 20
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 on 100
Vanilla, plums and smoky red fruits with a touch of flowers create the nose. Silky, medium-bodied, sweet, fresh, supple and juicy, with a little touch of cocoa in the finish, this is one of the best, if not the finest vintage of La Tour-Martillac I have ever tasted. The wine is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 8% Petit Verdot.
93
points on 100

Description

The estate takes its name from the tower which stands in the main courtyard of the château; it is the remnant of a fort built in the 12th century by the ancestors of Montesquieu. The structure occupied a strategic position and controlled the route between Bordeaux and Toulouse. The stones of the fort were used to build the existing château at the end of the 18th century. In 1871, the estate attracted the attention of Edouard Kressmann who had just founded his wine merchant business in Bordeaux. He was seduced by the quality of the white wines grown on a remarkable gravelly hilltop with marked relief and outstanding exposure.
To this day one can still find in the plot grafted in 1884, the entire collection of Edouard Kressmann’s selection of grape varieties for his « Grave Monopole Dry », as baptised by the Diva, Adelina Patti. Enhanced by their great age these vine stocks embody the breed, verve and essence which still characterises this wine. Alfred Kressmann, eldest son of Edouard, acquired the property in 1930. He changed the name: to avoid confusion with its illustrious namesake in the Medoc : Château Latour became Château LaTour-Martillac.
There then followed a long period of reconstruction. The vineyard consists of a dozen hectares of which the majority was planted in white wine. Without touching the oldest plots,
Alfred Kressmann added Cabernet Sauvignon to the merlot already in place. Interrupted by the war, the reconstruction was continued after by Jean Kressmann, who succeeded his father in 1954.
Jean finally achieved the family dream to acquire the gravel slope, which separates the property from the village. Thus the vineyard was gradually extended to nearly 30 hectares.
Jean Kressmann was a passionate winemaker and produced some excellent red wine vintages; 1959, 1961, 1966, 1970, 1975, 1982 and his favourite, the 1983.

 

Latour-Martillac today

Jean Kressmanns children still continue the family traditions. Tristan and Loic, the two youngest children are now in charge of the Château. With the help of Bordeauxs best oenologist consultant, the male the most out of the Graves terroir, vintage after vintage. During the 80s’ the family added some parcels of Sauvignon Blanc in order to harmoniously complete the Sémillon which used to be the historical reference of the estate. For the red varieties, the original blend composed of Sauvignon, Cabernet and Merlot is now completed with some excellent Petit Verdot located on one of the best parcels of Martillac.

 

Tasting of Château Latour-Martillacs’ 2015 vintage

This 2015 vintage has a beautiful deep garnet red color. The very intense nose shows a beautiful maturity with notes of red fruits (raspberries, cherries) and black fruit (blackcurrant, blackberry). The wood is present but not in excess. Agitating the wine will reveal some more complex aromas of peony, licorice, blackcurrant and cocoa. The full, dense and tight mouth is already attractive. The tannins are both powerful and caressing, contributing to the profile of this wine. The finish is long and delicately toasted.

 

Technical sheet

  • The producer
    Château Latour-Martillac
  • Type of wine
    Classified Growth
  • Appellation
    Pessac-Léognan
  • Superficy
    40 hectares
  • Age of the vines
    25 years
  • Harvests
    100% hand harvested
  • Barrels
    40% of new barrels
  • When should you drink it?
    Drink between 2025 and 2042
  • Wine apogee
    2033
  • How is it now?
    Too young, should age more
  • Service temperature
    16.5-18°

The vineyard

This Red wine (Classified Growth) from Pessac-Léognan is made with a vineyard that has an area of 40 hectares by Château Latour-Martillac. The average age of the vines is 25 years. The harvest for this wine are 100% hand harvested.

Into the cellars

This wine has remained 16 months in Oak barrels. For this wine, the estate has made the choice to incorporate 40% of new barrels.

Pessac-Léognan

The AOC Pessac-Léognan is a fairly recent appellation since it dates from 1987. However, it has a very old terroir dating from the Middle Ages. Located on the southern and south-western edges of Bordeaux, the appellation includes all of the Grands Crus Classés des Graves, including the legendary Château Haut-Brion. It produces many red wines and some dry white wines (265 ha).
Composed of gravel, gravel, rolled pebbles, sands and clays, the soil allows red grape varieties (cabernet-sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, petit verdot, malbec) and white grape varieties (sauvignon and semillon) have a typical expression. It is this combination that gives its peculiar style to Pessac-Léognan wines.