Château Latour President and CEO, Frederic Engerer, calls the 2003 Latour “the sexiest Latour ever made”!
The 2003 Bordeaux vintage is best remembered for record setting high temperatures throughout the growing season. Perfectly timed rainfall in September helped salvage the vintage for producers in the Northern Medoc and some incredible wines were made in Pauillac and St. Estephe despite all the hardships.
While the wines of Pauillac were consistent across the board, many Bordeaux lovers will tell you that Château Latour created the wine of the vintage. This should not surprise the Latour lovers reading this, as Château Latour is one of the only Bordeaux collectors buy even in off-vintages. Year after year this Château produces textbook Left Bank Bordeaux and is usually at least a contender for wine of the vintage if not called that outright.
Robert Parker goes so far as to claim that the 2003 Latour “is undeniably the most sumptuous, opulent wine made here since the 1982 or 1961.”
Those two legendary Latour vintages will run you around $1600 and $3,600 respectively! Today we are here to offer you the 2003 Latour at a much lower price point. We currently have an untouched original wooden case of “the sexiest Latour ever made” available. In house and ready to ship!
2003 Chateau Latour
"2003 was one of the hottest, earliest Bordeaux vintages ever. Some vines suffered from lack of moisture, but old vines and clay subsoil at Enclos saw this vineyard through. The Merlot harvest occurred between September 8 and 13, and the Cabernet Sauvignon was picked between September 22 and 30. The 2003 Latour is a blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot. Six percent of the press wine was added to the final blend. It has a medium to deep garnet-purple color, then wow—it explodes from the glass with bombastic black and blue fruits, followed up by meat, wood smoke, sandalwood and Indian spice accents with underlying floral wafts. The palate is full, rich, velvety, seductive and very long on the finish. There were only 10,800 cases made (rather than the normal 15,000-20,000)."
100 Pts - Lisa Perrotti-Brown
"Administrator Frederic Engerer says the 2003 is “the sexiest Latour ever made.” He also described it as “the 1990 without any brettanomyces.” I loved this wine from the barrel and was fortunate enough to be able to purchase a small quantity, enjoying every bottle I have had. A profound example of Chateau Latour, the full-bodied, opulent 2003 is already performing well at age eleven, which is somewhat atypical. The pH is a relatively high 3.8, which also indicates low acidity. The wine is very ripe, but not over-ripe, offers great freshness, and lots of creme de cassis and camphor as well as hints of blackberries and chocolate. Dense, thick and unctuously textured, this staggering Latour is undeniably the most sumptuous, opulent wine made here since the 1982 or 1961. Drink it over the next two decades."
100 Pts - Robert Parker