Chateau Latour a Pomerol Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

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Learn everything about Chateau Latour a Pomerol with wine tasting notes and wine with food pairings. Learn the best vintages, a history of the property, and information on the vineyards and winemaking. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Latour a Pomeroy History, Overview

Chateau Latour a’ Pomerol has vineyards that are located not far from Chateau Clinet and Feytit Clinet. Another famed vineyard that is fairly close is Chateau Trotanoy. Chateau Latour a’ Pomerol also has a long history in the region that dates all the way back to the mid or late 1800’s when the wine was sold under the name of La-Tour-Pomerol.

Chateau Latour a’ Pomerol, in its early days was the property of the Garitey family before it was passed to Madame Loubat who also owned Petrus. Madame Loubat remained the owner of Chateau Latour a’ Pomerol until her death in 1961.

At that time it was passed to Lily Lacoste, her niece. While Latour a’ Pomerol continues to be managed by Ets. Moueix today, they are not the owners. The Lacoste family retained the estate until 2002, when it was donated to the Fondation de Foyers de Charite de Chateauneuf de Galaure, a charity.

Interestingly, Latour a’ Pomerol produced some of the most legendary wines of the 20th century. 1947, 1950, 1959 and 1961 are all Bordeaux legends.

What makes that even more amazing is that 1959 and the historic 1961 were produced from very young vines due to the fact that the vineyards needed to be replanted after the 1956 frost! The majority of the vineyard needed to be replanted after the frost, starting in 1957.

However, perhaps due to its inconsistency, the high quality of the wines produced by Latour a’ Pomerol went without much notice until they were written about by the famed wine critic, Robert Parker.

With the exception of the 1970 and 1982 vintages, Chateau Latour a’ Pomerol has not been on top of its game for decades. This seems to have changed in 2009, as the property produced a very strong wine in that vintage as well as in 2010 and 2015.

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The best vintages of Chateau Latour Pomerol are: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2005, 2000, 1998, 1990, 1982, 1971, 1970, 1964, 1961, 1959, 1955, 1950, 1947 and 1945. As of today, the quality of Chateau Latour a’ Pomerol continues improving. Latour a’ Pomerol is a Pomerol wine to look out for.

2009, 2010 and 2015 are the best wines the estate has produced since 1982. Here is a secret tip for you. If you can find well stored bottles, look for the 1970 and 1971. Both vintages are sublime!

Going back in time for a fun moment, until at least the legendary 1961 vintage, you were able to find negociant bottles selling the wine as Chateau Latour, Pomerol, Vin Superieur in Belgium and perhaps in other countries as well, making the wine appear as though it was from Chateau Latour in Pauillac.

Chateau Latour a Pomerol Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 7.9 hectare, Right Bank Bordeaux vineyard of Latour a’ Pomerol is planted to 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. This shows a slight increase in the amount of Merlot planted here since the mid 1990’s. The terroir is gravel, clay and sandy soil.

Due to the small size of most Pomerol vineyards, the vines are most often found in contiguous plantings. That is not the case with Latour a’ Pomerol as their vines are spread out over the Pomerol appellation.

However, their best parcels with their oldest vines are located close to the Church. Perhaps because their wine is produced from numerous terroirs is the reason the wine lacks consistency. When it’s good, it’s great! But numerous vintages between 1982 and 2008 have been at best, well made, quality wines, but they were not exciting.

That being said, the wine of Chateau Latour a’ Pomerol was outstanding in 2009. Some of the credit to the improvement in their wines can be attributed to the new drainage system placed in the vineyards. The drainage system completed in 2003 allows a system of wells and pumps to ferry out the water in very wet vintages. The lack of slopes made this an important part of the estates renovation.

To produce the wine of Latour a’ Pomerol, two laser sorting tables have been in use since 2009. After sorting, the wine is vinified in thermoregulated concrete vats for the most part.

Starting in 2004 they have also been using stainless tanks for the vinification as well. Malolactic fermentation takes place mostly in tank with a small portion of the wine going through malolactic fermentation in barrel. The press wine is added or not during the barrel aging process depending on the vintage.

Chateau Latour a’ Pomerol is aged in between 30% new, French oak barrels and 50% new, French oak barrels for on average close to 18 months, depending on the quality and character of the vintage. On average, the production of Chateau Latour a’ Pomerol is close to 2,500 cases of wine per year.

When to Drink Chateau Latour A Pomerol, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Latour a’ Pomerol needs at least 8-12 years of aging in good vintages, until it is ready to be enjoyed. Young vintages can be decanted for 1-2 hours.

This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Latour A Pomerol offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 10-35 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau Latour a Pomerol with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau Latour a’ Pomerol is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Chateau Latour a Pomerol is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Latour A Pomerol is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.

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Château Latour à Pomerol Wine Tasting Notes

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2017Château Latour à  (Pomerol)93

If you're not familiar with this wine in its current incarnation, you're missing out. Starting with 2009, this wine has been on a tear, progressing and improving with every vintage. Even in a difficult year of devastating frost, this is a beauty. There is a silky, plush, velvety quality to the fruit, paired with purity and sweetness that stands out. You should give this 3-5 years or more in the cellar and the wine should hit the top of my range.

1,899 Views   Tasted
2016Château Latour à  (Pomerol)92

Soft, polished, medium bodied and forward, with silky tannins, freshness and ripe, sweet, juicy, red fruits topped off with black licorice. Give this a few years of age to further develop and it should be a beauty.

2,397 Views   Tasted
2015Château Latour à  (Pomerol)94

Silky, sexy, round and polished, the fruit is ripe, sweet and delicious. The wine has sex appeal, age-ability, and a long finish loaded with chocolate, cherries, plum liqueur and spice.

1,956 Views   Tasted

This wine has been getting better and better since the 2009 vintage, and 2015 is no exception. Fresh, silky and round, it serves up sweet, ripe, polished cherries and an earthy persona. The finish kicks in nicely with layers of black raspberries anointed with a bit of spice. 92 - 94 Pts

3,206 Views   Tasted 93
2014Château Latour à  (Pomerol)89

Fresh black raspberries and floral aromas to start, this wine is medium bodied and graceful on the palate. Despite its finish of freshness and ripe scarlet fruits, it lacks the outstanding concentration found in recent vintages like 2009 and 2010. 89-90 Pts

3,658 Views   Tasted
2013Château Latour à  (Pomerol)90

Hints of truffle, chocolate and cherry open to soft, polished tannins and a bold cocoa-dusted finish brimming with black raspberry and plum. This is a strong vintage for this often underperforming wine. 89-91 Pts

2,973 Views   Tasted
2012Château Latour à  (Pomerol)92

Already showing a hint of truffle on top of the sweet, ripe, juicy black cherries and plums, the wine is soft, round and fresh, with a sweet hint of chocolate with the red fruits in the finish.

3,101 Views   Tasted

Floral, earth and fresh black raspberry scents open to a polished, soft and silky wine with an earthy, sweet, chocolate-covered cherry personality. This is a very high quality Pomerol that is available for a fair price, It’s well worth looking into. 92-94 Pts

4,062 Views   Tasted 93
2011Château Latour à  (Pomerol)91

Ruby in color with floral, earth and black raspberry aromas, the wine is soft and round, medium body in weight and ends with polished, fresh black raspberries and a hint of chocolate. 90-92 Pts

3,111 Views   Tasted
2010Château Latour à  (Pomerol)92

Earthy, plum, black cherry and cocoa notes create the perfume. Plush, deep, rich and fresh, the wine ends with polished, sweet plums. Tannic, the wine needs time to soften, fill out and come together.

5,125 Views   Tasted

2010 Latour a’ Pomerol Truffle, forest floor, chocolate and cherry aromas open to a supple, medium/full bodied, soft textured wine that ends with a black cherry, licorice finish 89-91 Pts

3,761 Views   Tasted 90
2009Château Latour à  (Pomerol)94

Truffle, wet forest, plum and cocoa notes open to a wine with silky, opulent textures. The wine finishes with polished, velvety, sweet, lush fruits. This is much better than it tasted in barrel. This should age and develop well. This could be the best value in 2009 Pomerol!

4,174 Views   Tasted

2009 Latour a Pomerol has a dark ruby hue. Its perfume is filled with scents of chocolate, dark berries, and flowers. With ripe tannins and opulent textures, the wine finishes with dark raspberry, sweet chocolate, and black cherry flavors. 92-94 Pts

5,147 Views   Tasted 93
2008Château Latour à  (Pomerol)92

Just starting to show off its layers of silky, juicy, fresh, plum and dark chocolate character. The wine is soft, sensuous and hedonistic.

1,052 Views   Tasted

08 Château Latour a Pomerol offers a complex perfume of plums and fresh flowers. Soft, silky, round, and opulent in the mouth. The tannins are velvety. The long, elegant finish is a pleasure. 90-92 Pts

5,160 Views   Tasted 91
2007Château Latour à  (Pomerol)87

Fully mature, medium bodied and with a light style, here you find more fresh, bright red fruits, mixing plums, cherry and strawberry, with truffles and tobacco. The light finish leaves with you more, soft, red berries.

2,772 Views   Tasted
2006Château Latour à  (Pomerol)91

Medium/full bodied, soft, silky and plush, with a black cherry, cocoa powder and truffle scented nose, the wine finishes with sweet, plums and a hint of chocolate. While already becoming fun to drink, it will be even better with another 3-5 years of bottle age.

5,472 Views   Tasted
2005Château Latour à  (Pomerol)91

Slowly beginning to display its charms starting with its black cherry, mocha, floral, earth and plum aromatics. Medium/full bodied with ripe, silky tannins, plush textures and a smooth, cocoa dusted, dark cherry finish. If you like young Bordeaux wine that is on the way up, you can pop a bottle. Else, give it 2-3 more years.

4,493 Views   Tasted
2001Château Latour à  (Pomerol)91

I wish this had just a bit more concentration, because the silky, lush, soft fruit, shaved truffle, cocoa and floral notes really get you going. This is showing great today.

2,719 Views   Tasted
2000Château Latour à  (Pomerol)92

I like the wine. I really like this style, with its nose of roses, hints of truffle, smoke, cherries and burning wood. The soft, silky texture really hits the spot. If only the wine were a bit more concentrated, this would be a stunner. At close to 17, this is in the sweet spot. You can age it for a few more years, but it's not necessary. Just pop, pour and enjoy.

3,377 Views   Tasted

Soft, smooth and round, with ripe, sweet, plums, chocolate covered cherries and truffle notes coupled with a silky finish. What more could you ask for?

4,501 Views   Tasted 92
1998Château Latour à  (Pomerol)92

Subtle chocolate, truffle, violets and plum fragrances open to a soft, polished wine that finishes with mocha, chocolate black cherry and cassis. This suave, medium/full bodied, elegant style of Pomerol is close to full maturity and should be consumed over the next 5-8 years before it begins to slowly fade away.

4,483 Views   Tasted

1998 Latour a' Pomerol has jumped up in quality since my last tasting from about 5 years ago. Chocolate, blackberry, plum and earthy aromatics, coupled with silky, opulent textures and a long, sweet, chocolate covered black raspberry finish caught my attention. This is drinking great today.

5,308 Views   Tasted 92
1983Château Latour à  (Pomerol)90

It's like walking into a tobacco shop, where everyone has finished their plums and is now smoking, nice cigars. Softly textured, medium bodied and refined, this is probably a few past its best, yet it's still quite fun to taste. I would not hold it any longer.

2,138 Views   Tasted
1982Château Latour à  (Pomerol)94

Much better than the previous bottle. Popped and poured with no decanting was just perfect for this wine and bottle. Elegant, silky, soft and sexy, the wine is medium/full bodied, with a nose of truffle, cigar wrapper, rose petals, plums and cocoa, the wine finishes with finesse, refinement and earthy fruits. There is no reason to hold to this beauty hoping for more magic, this is at peak. If you are lucky enough to have a bottle, pop that cork!

2,224 Views   Tasted

This bottle seemed more advanced than other bottles. The nose, with its truffle, cherry, plum and tobacco showed nicely. The texture was soft and silky, but the finish much shorter than previous bottles. This is probably just past its peak and requires drinking.

2,326 Views   Tasted 92

When did this wine become so expensive? I remember buying this just a few years ago for a song. I guess others have caught on to how good this is. Rich, plush, velvety and deep, there is a purity of fruit, truffle, chocolate and earthy essence and plush, opulent cherry finish that leaves you wanting more. This is probably fully mature and does not require further aging.

2,291 Views   Tasted 94

Plums, ripe red and black fruits, leafy spearmint, spices and chocolate notes. Opulent layers of silky, velvety fruit float over your palate. Beautiful wine.

3,703 Views   Tasted 93

The perfume included scents of plums, herbs, chocolate, cedar and red fruits. The rich mouth feel was elegant. The palate swam in a river of cherries, strawberries & raspberry fruits. However, to be truthful, the nose was better than the palate. I've had better bottles of his wine. This bottle seemed to have matured prematurely.

3,676 Views   Tasted 94
1971Château Latour à  (Pomerol)94

Popped and poured, this got better and better in the glass over our 3 hour dinner. Concentrated, luscious and complex, the truffle, dark cocoa and black cherry carried through from the nose, to the opulent, lush finish. Fully mature, this is a beauty for current drinking.

1,621 Views   Tasted

This bottle was rocking'! Filled with dark chocolate covered cherries, truffle, fig, and plums on the nose and palate. Concentrated, rich and sensual, the finish stuck with you. Happy to own a few more of these treasures in my cellar.

1,372 Views   Tasted 95
1970Château Latour à  (Pomerol)94

Beautiful, fully mature Pomerol with all the dark chocolate figs, truffle and plum you could ask for. Richly textured, soft, round tannins and sweet, dark, black cherry and cocoa finish. This charmer is drinking at peak.

2,217 Views   Tasted

Fully mature, this is a perfect example of old school Pomerol. The complex array of scents, starts and finishes with truffles, dark chocolate, truffle and cigar box aromatics. The full bodied wine has length, freshness, charm and plush textures. Closing in on 50 years of age, this is stunning.

2,494 Views   Tasted 94

If you're looking for a perfectly mature Pomerol that is on its way to 50 years of age, look no further than this beauty. With a beautiful wealth of earthy, truffled plums and a hint of cocoa and tobacco in the nose, the wine is round, plush and finishes with loads of sweet, earthy black cherries. While fully mature, there is more than enough stuffing for at least 10-15 more years of great drinking, if the bottles are well stored.

2,027 Views   Tasted 94

Fully mature, this is the perfect moment to enjoy this text book Pomerol. Layers of plush, ripe berries, cocoa, cherry and earth characteristics and a round, silky finish are easily found in this wine. Do not wait to pop a cork, as I do not think there is much to gain.

3,095 Views   Tasted 93

Truffle, chocolate, earth, forest floor and fresh cherry aromas produced a beautiful perfume. Silk and velvet tannins, supple textures and round, chocolate covered plums with the patina of age make this perfectly mature Pomerol, a delicious treat for the senses. There is no reason to age this wine further. Due to the lack of consistency in the wines made at Latour a Pomerol, prices for this wine are more than fair in today's world. If you can find a well stored example, it's worth picking it up.

3,777 Views   Tasted 93

1970 Château Latour à Pomerol opens with complex aromatics of flowers, leaves, fresh herbs, plums, espresso, wood and blackberry. With soft, round, sensuous textures and a deep, rich, plum, black cherry and silk finish, this wine delivers a lot of Pomerol pleasure. Fully mature, this wine might not get better. Well stored bottles are worth seeking out. 94 Pts

3,597 Views   Tasted 94