Latour Martillac 2014


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Tasting Notes

The 2014 La Tour-Martillac felt rather over-extracted on the nose: glossy black fruit, hints of boysenberry jam and fig. The palate is medium-bodied with rounded tannin, quite plush in style but lacking real complexity and tension on the finish, or at least to the same degree I saw a few months ago. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. (89+ Points)

Score: 89

Neal Martin, 01 March 2018

The 2014 Latour-Martillac has an attractive bouquet with intense blackberry, briary, warm gravel and balsamic notes that are very well defined and evoke Pessac-Léognan through and through. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, ripe tannin. It feels gentle in the mouth, not structured but fleshy and full, fanning out with crushed strawberry, red cherry and white pepper towards the satisfying finish. This is early drinking compared to its peers, yet well crafted. Could it have striven for more? Yes, probably.

Score: 91

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2019-2032 31 March 2017

Ripe and focused, with layers of plum paste, raspberry coulis and macerated bitter cherry driving along, backed by anise and iron notes on the finish. Has a slightly taut edge, so cellar for maximum effect. Best from 2018 through 2026.

Score: 91

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator Maturity: 2018-2026 31 March 2017