Dark ruby-red. Brooding nose hints at plum, cassis, brown spices and cedary oak. Sweet, fresh and highly concentrated, with brisk, intense cabernet sauvignon-dominated flavors of blackcurrant, blackberry, cedar and cocoa powder. Vibrant acidity gives this wine terrific lift and energy, but it’s currently hard as nails. Finishes impressively long, with noble tannins and palate-staining concentration; nutmeg and licorice nuances emerge slowly with aeration. A knockout, but forget about it in your cellar for another 15 years. While I think the 2009 Latour has a magic spicy charm, the 2010 is more in keeping with this great estate’s DNA.
Robert Parker 100
The 2010 Latour is deep garnet in color, andâ€”WOWâ€”it erupts from the glass with powerful crÃ¨me de cassis, Black Forest cake and blackberry pie scents plus intense sparks of dried roses, cigar boxes, fragrant earth and smoked meats with aniseed and crushed rocks wafts. Full-bodied, concentrated and oh-so-decadent in the mouth, it has a firm, grainy texture and lovely freshness carrying the rich, opulent fruit to an epically long finish. It is incredibly tempting to drink now, but I suspect this hedonic experience isn’t a scratch on the mind-blowing, otherworldly secrets this time capsule will have to reveal given another 7-10 years in bottle and continuing over the following fifty years++.
Anticipated maturity: 2024-2080
Tasted blind. Deep garnet with opaque core. Sweet, dark and charry on the nose. There’s finesse on the palate and the tannins are extremely fine, even if there is only modest flesh in the middle. Balanced and persistent nevertheless. Juicy and supple with a marked note of iron on the finish. (JH)
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2028