The 2010 vintage is overall a greater success for Pauillac than for the neighbouring appellation of Saint Julien. Some labels have done better than in 2005 and 2009. As in Saint Julien, the drought has curbed the liveliness of the fruit but, for those with clayey subsoil, results can truly be spectacular.
LATOUR Pauillac Pauillac 19,5 - 20 // 99 - 100
My best score ever given to the estate en primeur.
||Beautifully intense dark-hued wine. Mighty nose: subdued yet deep, with a pinch of truffle. Magnificent on entry: broad, compelling, plentiful and showing a tightly-knit texture -and yet its fat is exceptional! Incredibly rich and melting on the palate, leisurely unfolding layers of flavours through to a powerful finish where tannins and suppleness take it in turns to come to the fore. Très grand vin.
Latour had been in the habit of bringing its merlot a little late in the past few years but this changed in 2010, which could explain the lifted new savours.
other wines that merited quarins 'best ever score given to this estate en primeur':
PICHON LONGUEVILLE BARON Pauillac 18 // 95
PONTET CANET Pauillac 17,75 // 94 - 95
LEOVILLE BARTON Saint-Julien 17,5 - 17,75 // 94 - 95
GRAND PUY LACOSTE Pauillac 17,5 // 94
LES FORTS DE LATOUR Pauillac 17 // 92
BRANAIRE Saint-Julien 17 // 92
LYNCH MOUSSAS Pauillac 16,5 - 16,75 // 90 - 91
HAUT BATAILLEY Pauillac 16,25 // 89
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