2015 Chateau LaTour Martillac Grand Cru Classe
2015 Chateau LaTour Martillac Grand Cru Classe The 2015 Latour-Martillac is terrific. Charcoal, smoke, licorice, plum and violet notes make a strong first impression. Powerful and muscular on the palate, the 2015 delivers superb depth and overall intensity. This is a decidedly dark, virile wine, yet all the elements are nicely balanced throughout. The 2015 Latour-Martillac is shaping up to be one of the pleasant surprises of the vintage. Vinous
Solid tannins mark this still very young wine. At the same time, the fruit is rich and well proportioned. Black currants dominate the fruity spectrum, giving the wine richness as well as great potential. Drink from 2025. WE
The 2015 is a deep garnet red. The nose is very intense with lovely maturity on red fruits (raspberry, cherry) and black fruits (blackcurrant, blackberry) notes. A touch oaky. A swirl round the glass opens more complex aromas of peony, liquorice, blackcurrant liquor and cocoa. A lovely mouthfeel, densely packed and seductive. Present but soft tannins give the wine a classical profile. The finish is long and slightly toasted. Winemaker
This is a stunner, 2015 vintage for the Graves got a huge 96pts by Parker’s WA. The Graves is home to some of the greatest Cabernet based Bordeaux like First Growth Haut Brion and La Mission Haut Brion that sell for many hundreds of dollars a bottle. Today I have a what I call one of the great insider values from Bordeaux, a wine that is always spectacular in a great vintage and over delivers for the price and in 2015 the wine did just that and then we happened to find a great price on the wine. The 2015 Chateau LaTour Martillac has received huge scores and our price is strong.
The estate takes its name from the tower which stands in the main courtyard of the chateau; it is the remnant of a fort built in the 12th century by the ancestors of Montesquieu. In 1871, the estate attracted the attention of Edouard Kressmann who had just founded his wine merchant business in Bordeaux. 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 and therefore Chateau Latour became Chateau LaTour-Martillac. Today, the 6 children of Jean Kressmann own the domain and continue on the family tradition.
The wine is a Classified Growth of Graves, the wine was famously served at the coronation of King George VI. This is hard-core left bank Bordeaux from a great vintage at an awesome price. A wine that you can start to enjoy but will definitely reward with time in the cellar. This is one of the wines I age in my cellar and a go to when I entertain. Enjoy!