"Intense, dark colour. Outstanding depth and aromatic purity on the nose. Tightly-wound yet elegant tannins give a powerful wine with a velvety-soft mouthfeel. An exceptional year, this Château Latour demonstrates its pedigree, showing great complexity and perfect balance. A wine for long-cellaring.
Vintage Notes: After a mild and wet autumn, the first months of 2010 were particularly cold and dry. Consequently, bud-break was late and was observed on 10th April, though the ensuing summary weather hastened vegetative growth. The vines were in bloom on 3rd June but cold and wet weather early June led to shot and shattered berries in some zones. Seasonal weather returned during the third week of June. Water stress began to develop at the end of June in some plots in the Enclos and increased in July, further concentrating the berries. The colour-change occurred on 7th August and the grapes continued ripening in optimal conditions until harvest."
"I get the same peony and violet aromatics here as I did in Forts de Latour. This is powerful, muscular, not even getting close to being ready. The tannins crowd in from the mid palate onwards, extremely physical in the way they make their presence felt. Behind them, if you give the wine enough time in the glass, it gives black pepper spice, pencil lead, slate and compressed earth, along with cassis, bilberry and all the tight compact dark-berried fruits you can think of. Don't even consider this for another five years at least. This is a monumental Latour and a flashing signpost for how good this vintage is in Pauillac. (JA)" (1/2020)
100 James Suckling
"The aromas of flowers such as roses, violets and lilacs jump from the glass then turn to dark berries such as blueberries and blackberries. It's full-bodied, with velvety tannins and dense and intense with a chocolate, berry and currant character. This is juicy and rich with wood still showing a bit, but it's all coming together wonderfully. Muscular yet toned. Another perfect wine like the 2010. Try in 2022." (11/2013)
100 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The aromas of flowers such as roses, violets and lilacs jump from the glass then turn to dark berries such as blueberries and blackberries. It's full-bodied, with velvety tannins and dense and intense with a chocolate, berry and currant character. This is juicy and rich with wood still showing a bit, but it's all coming together wonderfully. Muscular yet toned. Another perfect wine like the 2010. Try in 2022." RP (2/2013)
"The 2010 Latour can be summed up in two words: “The king.” It convincingly asserts its superiority over other 2010s, including First Growths, in terms of its aromatic complexity, precision, balance, intensity, complexity and persistence. Simply a faultless Latour that ranks among its greatest achievements. Tasted from an ex-château bottle at the BI Wines & Spirits 10-Year On tasting. (NM)" (4/2020)
99 Wine Enthusiast
"Stern, almost severe initially, this great wine takes time to show its immense fruit power. Black currant and blackberry notes are packed into the wine, along with an impressive array of spices from new wood that gives a more exotic element. At the end, though, it has a fine, structured sense of proportion. Obviously for aging over decades, so don’t drink before 2022. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (5/2013)
99 Wine Spectator
"Unbelievably pure, with distilled cassis and plum fruit that cuts a very precise path, while embers of anise, violet and black cherry confiture form a gorgeous backdrop. A bedrock of graphite structure should help this outlive other 2010s. Powerful, sleek and incredibly long. Not perfect, but very close. *Collectibles* (JM)" (3/2013)