Latest Releases from Château Latour

This morning sees the release of two fine wine icons - Latour and Forts de Latour. As ever, these are wines of the upmost grandeur and power - you would expect nothing less from the summit of the Bordeaux hierarchy - but in 2006 and 2012 both wines are oozing fragrance, poise and charm. No one is arguing that these are 'blockbuster' vintages, like 2005 or 2010, but therein lies their attraction. These are 90+ point icons you won't have to wait years to unveil.

Magnums may be available, so let us know of your interest but we will need to confirm back to you with availability. Prices are quoted In Bond ex-VAT and offered subject to availability and our usual primeur terms

2006 CHÂTEAU LATOUR 1er Cru Classé Pauillac

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

En Primeur: Quite closed on the nose, so it throws off a very attractive oakiness, almost timber-yard. On the palate the fruit picks up - plum and blueberry, rich. Lots of power, quite intense, goodEn Primeur: Quite closed on the nose, so it throws off a very attractive oakiness, almost timber-yard. On the palate the fruit picks up - plum and blueberry, rich. Lots of power, quite intense, good old-style Latour-like seriousness, mineral and pencils, with that characteristic austere dryness. Long, with damsons and sloes on the finish. All very buttoned-up. It's hard to give this a thrilling score just now, but the élevage will always be first-rate here, and there is a long way to go. I'd bet on it being a top Latour. Rating: 94++ L&S(Apr 2007)

2012 FORTS DE LATOUR du Pauillac

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

Dark purple. Smoky nose. An edge of gunsmoke. Different and more demanding to taste than previous years. Just a little stringy. 2020 - 2035.Dark purple. Smoky nose. An edge of gunsmoke. Different and more demanding to taste than previous years. Just a little stringy. 2020 - 2035. Rating: 17 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2013)